Conceived as a coherent set of situations, the evolution of the world is also, seen as a fusion of horizons
of a different hermeneutical situation.
Therefore, understanding is itself the fusion of horizons
where the interpreter is aware of his/her own prejudices and allows the text to modify them.
In tracing the endogenous and exogenous factors that led to transformations in Muslim societies in Southeast Asia, these two volumes provide evidence that Southeast Asian Islam is a product of a fusion of horizons
, which occurred through the interactions between local cultures and colonial modernity, through endless disagreements between defenders of tradition and advocates of reform as well as through the creative ability of Muslims in that part of the world in reinterpreting the ideals of Islam in order to suit their immediate needs.
In the field of comparative poetics, for example, Zhang Longxi "argue [d] for the fusion of horizons
in the study of literature" (Zhang, 1989), which echoed with James J.
Chung's discussion of the fusion of horizons
brings attention to the need for inclusive missiological praxis in multi-cultural contexts.
It is in dialogue that a fusion of horizons
can take place between individuals or between a text and a reader, and hence meaning can be generated.
Fusion of horizons
refers to a hermeneutic approach that is philosophically inclusive of turns-of-meaning texts take over time.
36) As thus conducive to promoting a fusion of horizons
incorporating the best insights deriving from multiple perspectives, a dialectical exchange of views embarked on under appropriate dialogical conditions enables participants to develop a new 'situation definition', an 'enlarged' mode of understanding, embodying creative new possibilities for responding to a problematic situation, possibilities that transcend, and indeed transform, those initially available to any of the participants.
Similarly, Patil's elucidation of the implicit and explicit argumentative interaction between Ratnakirti and the Naiyayikas--not to mention his triangulation between Ratnakirti's world, the Euro-American academy, and their shared context--immediately brings to mind the more literary philosophies of Gadamer or Bakhtin and their conceptualizations, respectively, of the fusion of horizons
and the dialogic imagination.
It has brought about what we might call, not quite in Gadamer's sense, a fusion of horizons
21) What takes place in understanding is a fusion of horizons
of the partners (whether this is another person or a text).
Then, I discuss possibilities to address such challenging issues, which include: (1) engaging in narrative inquiry as Bakhtinian novelness; (2) transforming lived experience to lived theory; (3) considering narrative research as an aesthetic inquiry; and (4) imagining the implied readership as a fusion of horizons