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Studies in Phenomenology, Hermeneutics and Deconstruction is a collection of critical essays on certain phenomenological and hermeneutical ideas and problems. Although each study is addressed to its own proper thematic, the author also believes that there are certain pre-occupations which give the collection   a specific orientation. Basically, the essays are    concerned    with the    problems   posed   by    what Gadamer calls 'the linguistically' of the human mode of    being-in-the-world. Accordingly  the   three guiding themes of the present collection are language, the life-world and subjectivity. The unifying focus is given by the  critical examination of the phenomenological and hermeneutical approaches   to language   (ch. 8). The      earlier        essays    deal    with    aspects  of being-in-the-world (chs. 1,2,4, and 7) and modes of subjectivity (chs. 5 and 6). The   concluding study (ch. 9) spells out some of the consequences for the human sciences of a critique of these guiding pre-suppositions. The present work is both retrospective as well as prospective, leading upto the author's current work on the problem of transcendental philosophies.

R. Sundara Rajan
, University of Poona, Pune, has been working in the area of philosophy of the human sciences, interdisciplinary studies in the human sciences, phenomenology and hermeneutics. Among his earlier works, the trilogy consisting of Innovative Competence and social change, Towards a Critique of Cultural Reason and The Primacy of the Political seek to adopt a phenomenological and hermeneutical approach to the social, the cultural and the political respectively. In the present studies, the philosophical pre-suppositions of the earlier works are taken up for a detailed critical consideration. R. Sundara Rajan is currently working on 'Studies in Transcendental Philosophies' which seeks to bring together the positive and constructive ideas in the present work.