Hegel worked many years in the same city and at the same university as Daniel Friedrich
Schleiermacher, the founder of the hermeneutical philosophy. Schleiermacher lived in his
shadow, trying to develop a hermeneutical thinking as an alternative to the idealism of the
spirit, under the influence of Hegel's overwhelming and all-explaining philosophical system.
Wilhem Dilthey, the second important figure for the establishment of the modern hermeneutical
philosophy, criticized the idealism of Hegel and his disciples for its absolutism and
speculativity (apriorism) on the one hand, but on the other - he applied some of central
Hegel's categories, e.g. that of objective spirit, in his own hermeneutical theory.
Hans-Georg Gadamer has often said that he himself feels more a follower of Hegel then of
Kant, especially - but not only - because of role of history and tradition as a social
substance determining the understanding acts of a human subject.
Hegel's thinking seems to be a big challenge and the source of inspiration to the
Hermeneutical Philosophy. I'd like to investigate the depth of this influence and to publish
the results in book form.