What is Hermeneutics and why is it important?

Hermeneutics is the study of the way texts (in every sense) come to be manifest for us, particularly as this is created and effected by interpretation, but just as importantly how manifestation is influenced by social-historical materialist and epistemic pressures. This study is important because unlocking the way we perceive and are in the world is the way of properly inhabitating, and inasmuch as is appropriate for us, overcoming the blindness of man, who is like the fish and does not ask “how is the water”, because he cannot conceive of how the basic conditions for his life would be otherwise.
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