Part 1. Studies in the history of hermeneutics. 1, The task of hermeneutics. 2, Hermeneutics and the critique of ideology. 3, Phenomenology and hermeneutics -- Part 2. Studies in the theory of interpretation. 4, The hermeneutical function of distanciation. 5, What is a text? Explanation and understanding. 6, Metaphor and the central problem of hermeneutics. 7, Appropriation -- Part 3. Studies in the philosophy of social science. 8, The model of the text: meaningful action considered as a text. 9, Science and ideology. 10, The question of proof in Freud's psychoanalytic writings. 11, The narrative function.