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Different levels of interpretation in hermeneutic understanding
Mälardalen University, Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9714-577X
2007 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper will focus a hermeneutic approach considering different levels of interpretations. The approach has its roots in Gadamer’s philosophy of understanding and is developed by Ödman and Söderlund. Within this tradition questions of meaning are central and linked to persons reciprocal interplay with the situation. Interpretations are made on three different levels; 1) rational interpretation, aiming at understanding persons’ motive for acting 2) structural interpretation focusing the contextual structure of which the research object is a part, 3) existential interpretation which focuses the existential world as the world of the text. Finally a synthesis of the whole is made which could be described in terms of appropriation of the texts meaning. Then the researcher’s and the object of interpretation’s horizons of meaning are merged in terms of a new understanding. The method will be illustrated using results from a study on experiences of living with addiction.

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2007.
Keyword [en]
hermeneutik, tolkning
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Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3761OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3761DiVA, id: diva2:116425
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8th Advances in Qualitative Methods
Available from: 2007-10-04 Created: 2007-10-04 Last updated: 2017-04-05Bibliographically approved

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