REL 312: Final exam (see schedule below)
The final exam will be an oral examination covering the entire semester, including terms on the terms list and the questions listed below. You will be permitted to pass on 1 question only. You may be asked to pursue one question in depth and relate it to other issues or texts covered in the course, or we may cover 2 or more questions as time allows.
During the exam, you may use any books or notes you bring with you (NB: you may not simply read prepared answers).
Caveat: time will be very precious, so the less you rely on your books and notes, the better.
The evaluation of your responses will follow the A–F scale as stipulated in the syllabus.
For a C (satisfactory), you need to demonstrate your general knowledge of the topics covered by the questions (with as much detail as you can remember).
For a B (superior), you need to demonstrate 1) your mastery of some relevant terminology and 2) your ability to make connections between the questions and other related topics and readings covered during the semester.
For an A (outstanding), you need to demonstrate mastery of details related to the questions (e.g., specific texts, terms).
The more details, examples, and terms you include in your responses, the better.
Questions you should be ready to answer (see the R-drive file for more information & tips):
► What is hermeneutics? Discuss three of the "modern definitions of hermeneutics" given by Palmer.
► Discuss the major developments in hermeneutics from the Renaissance on.
► Discuss the concepts of Naturwissenschaften and Geisteswissenschaften. How are these understood by Dilthey? By Gadamer?
► How is hermeneutics applicable in or to your major or discipline?
► Who is Schleiermacher? Discuss the main features of his theory and their significance for hermeneutics.
► Who is Dilthey? Discuss the main features of his theory and their significance for hermeneutics.
► Who is Heidegger? Discuss the main features of his theory and their significance for hermeneutics.
► Who is Gadamer? Discuss the main features of his theory and their significance for hermeneutics.
► What are the main issues for consideration between the two interpretative approaches we call deconstruction and hermeneutics (e.g., Derrida and Gadamer)?
Please be there on time (i.e., slightly before your scheduled time).
11 May 2006 (Thursday)