E. O. Wilson and Gadamer’s Critique of (Natural) Historicism
E.O. Wilson’s sociobiology presents a view of natural history that universalizes science at the cost of a viable ethics and politics of nature. In contrast, Gadamer’s hermeneutic ontology suggests that the universalization of hermeneutic consciousness offers us another perspective. This hermeneutical perspective suggests a richer, self-conscious view of history, rather than an ahistorical scientific stance embodied by Wilson and others. Gadamer also acknowledges a sense of incompleteness and finitude that are absent in Wilson’s totalizing perspective. Hermeneutics, then, allows our dialogue about nature to properly value ethics and politics without absolutizing the scientific perspective.
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