This paper investigates Gadamer's reading and interpretation of Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment in his Truth and Method , with an emphasis on his strongly worded disappointment towards “the subjectivism and agnosticism based on Kant.” It concerns not only the Wirkungsgeschichte for the Kantian aesthetics today, but serves also as an interesting case study in the contemporary dialogical hermeneutics, which sees text interpretation as living dialogues with text.
The study is according to The Interpretation of The Great Learning by The Salvation to research the rewritten books of The Great Learning by popular religions and its response about Practical Learning in Ming and Qing periods.
Even though The Interpretation of The Great Learning is the work of civil community, but the authors still concerned the reality of The Great Learning, they also researched the meaning of “investigate things and extend knowledge to the utmost.” Although that book is interpreted by planchette of religion, we could rely on that book to understand the diverse views in the Confucian hermeneutic and how the popular religions translated Confucianism to religious concepts.
The Interpretation of The Great Learning is influenced by Practical Learning in Ming and Qing periods, so the “Bright the Brilliant Virtue” is interpreted as the establishment of personal careers, and that book recognized the human desire for interpreting “investigate things and extend knowledge to the utmost.” We could know how the popular Confucianism absorbed and translated the philosophy of mainstream Confucianism by that book.
We could find the way The Interpretation of The Great Learning absorbed and translated the mainstream Confucianism is not only one way, it presented the views by consolidating many ways, that book developed the religious perspectives of Confucianism in civil community.