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Andrzej Przylebski

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Przylebski: Personal information

Main achievements

He is a full professor since 2010; his book an “Gadamer” (Warszawa 2006) was the book of the month in humanities (2006); he studied with Gadamer in Heidelberg (1987-88); he was visiting professor of Technical Univ. of Chemnitz, Saxony  (3 semesters: 20034, 2006, 2007). He published 8 books (on German idealism and on hermeneutics; 2 of them in Germany) and over 100 articles; he edited over 20 books and translated into Polish 5 books (from German and English); he was a vice-president of Int. Hegel Society and is since 2010 member of scientific board of this Society; since 20011 he is the vice-president of the Polish Society for Phenomenology. In 2003 he established the magazine Fenomenologia that he edits till now.  He is a A.v.Humboldt scholar (since 1991). Since 2013 he is director of Florian Znaniecki-Research Centre at the AMU.

current research

Hermeneutical philosophy of culture; critique of culture in its essence and forms; philosophical and cultural anthropology; theories of good/sane society; concepts of understanding, interpretation & of language; history of contemporary philosophy.

Most important publications

  1. Sense, Meaning & Understanding. Towards a Systematic Hermeneutical Philosophy, LIT Verlag, Berlin/NY 2013.
  2. Hermeneutische Philosophie als Wissenschaft, Rostock University Press 2009
  3. Etyka w świetle hermeneutyki, Oficyna Naukowa, Warszawa 2010 (Ethics in the Light of Hermeneutics).
  4. Duch czy życie? Studia i szkice z filozofii niemieckiej, WNS UAM, Poznań 2011 (Spirit or Life? Studies & Sketches from the German Philosophy)
  5. Gadamer, Wiedza Powszechna, Warszawa 2006

His hobbies are: music (he plays guitar and accordion) and tennis (he was once champion of AMU)

Subjects description,

Understanding and interpretation. Introduction into hermeneutical philosophy.


Understanding is the basic intellectual act human being apply to survive in the world. The complexity of cultural issues surrounding our existence make it necessary to use interpretations as the means of understanding. The course presents the approach to the phenomena of understanding and interpretation developed in the hermeneutical philosophy of Dilthey, Heidegger Gadamer, Ricoeur and the living hermeneutics (Vattimo, Marquardt, Fellmann), showing different interpretational strategies connected with the different “objects” to be understood. One of topics discussed in the course will be problems in the reciprocal understanding between members of different cultures.

Benefits for students:

1)Theoretical support to understand student’s own operations of understanding other humans, cultural issues and finally – of a better understanding of themselves. 2) Getting in contact with the most advanced theories based on the linguistic determination of our world approach. 3) Learning some rules, patterns and techniques of interpreting more complicated cultural events.