The word Hermeneutics sounds like some sort of odd biology term for those people that are not in the field of communication. Hermeneutics is actually the science/ philosophy of interpretation. This term can be applied to anything in life, but it mostly has been applied to communications because it is how we talk to one another. Hermeneutics is based off of Hermes, the messenger of the gods. Hermes was sent from the gods to interpret what the humans were saying on Earth and vice-versa for the humans to the gods.


Why does this matter? Well, as stated earlier, interpretation is important for everyday life. It is how we look into the statements and sentences we read in books, see on a web post, or talk to one another in conversation. When we are young children, we learn how to talk to our parents to get what we need, like food or water. As we grow older, we develop into even more inquisitive and ever expanding minds that form ideas and beliefs. We express these through communicating with others.

These ideas are broken into 5 primary theories of Hermeneutics that apply to everyday life. They are:
               1.) Normative- The art of text interpretation.
               2.) Natural- Spontaneous/unreflective interpretation when understanding breaks down.
               3.) Depth- Suspicion and liberation from social dogma
               4.) Philosophy- Philosophy of exisitence What we are. NOT what we do.
               5.) Science- Human and historical sciences founding discipline.

 It is how we have come from believing the Earth was the center of the Solar system to figuring out that the sun is. We bestow meaning on the seemingly meaningless. It makes a stuffed animal as a cherished object when you are a child, it makes a poster of a band a unique wall piece in your room during your teenage/college years. Interpretation is based upon humans being inquisitive beings. You now have an explanation as to why we are this way.

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