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Hans-Georg Gadamer (born 11 February, 1900; died 13 March, 2002), pictured above in a 1998 photograph by Richard Palmer
‘In  fact history does not belong to us; but we belong to it. Long before we  understand ourselves through the process of self-examination, we  understand ourselves in a self-evident way in the family, society and  state in which we live. The focus of subjectivity is a distorting  mirror. The self-awareness of the individual is only a flickering in the  closed circuits of historical life. That is why the prejudices  [pre-judgments, Vorurteil] of the individual, far more than his judgments, constitute the historical reality of his being’

—from ‘The Discrediting of Prejudice by the Enlightenment,’ from Truth and Method (1986; originally published in 1960; translated from the German)

Hans-Georg Gadamer (born 11 February, 1900; died 13 March, 2002), pictured above in a 1998 photograph by Richard Palmer

‘In fact history does not belong to us; but we belong to it. Long before we understand ourselves through the process of self-examination, we understand ourselves in a self-evident way in the family, society and state in which we live. The focus of subjectivity is a distorting mirror. The self-awareness of the individual is only a flickering in the closed circuits of historical life. That is why the prejudices [pre-judgments, Vorurteil] of the individual, far more than his judgments, constitute the historical reality of his being’

—from ‘The Discrediting of Prejudice by the Enlightenment,’ from Truth and Method (1986; originally published in 1960; translated from the German)