In this Article, Dallmayr examines the status of borders and demarcations. Are borders markers of separation and exclusion, or are they more like hyphens or horizons indicating a correlation without sameness, a distinctness opening up to alterity? This Article investigates this question by returning to the -so-called "Gadamer-Habermas Debate." While Part I recapitulates some of Hans-Georg Gadamer's teachings, especially with reference to a "universal hermeneutics," Part II reviews some of Jürgen Habermas's critical rejoinders and initiatives aiming basically at a parceling of forms of human knowledge. In the concluding part, an effort is made to highlight the significance of the debate for the ongoing process of globalization and the possibility of a "dialogue of civilizations."

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