Dray’s imperative

Dray’s rationale: {Only} by understanding the person can you see why she did what she did

This is much like the principle in exegesis called ‘principle of charity’

However; do NOT take literary readings over argumentative ones, your task as an exegete is to make revered texts applicable and favourable, not neccessarily recreate their position.

That’s the difference between philosophy and history of ideas (or ‘Continental philosophy’, as I call it)

Consider Niezsche as a case in point, he suffered severe depression and much illness over his philosophical period, understanding his writings shows that sort of character and the character of his work favourably, however, we, as exegetes are not here for the sob story, we are here to do real work and make applicable to people working in current issues.

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