Interpretation: Ways of Thinking about the Sciences and the Arts

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Peter K. Machamer, Gereon Wolters
University of Pittsburgh Pre, 2010 - Science - 266 pages
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The act of interpretation occurs in nearly every area of the arts and sciences. That ubiquity serves as the inspiration for the fourteen essays of this volume, covering many of the domains in which interpretive practices are found. Individual topics include: the general nature of interpretation and its forms; comparing and contrasting interpretation and hermeneutics; culture as interpretation seen through Hegel’s aesthetics; interpreting philosophical texts; methodologies for interpreting human action; interpretation in medical practice focusing on manifestations as indicators of disease; the brain and its interpretative, structured, learning and storage processes; interpreting hybrid wines and cognitive preconceptions of novel objects; and the importance of sensory perception as means of interpreting in the case of dry German Rieslings.

In an interesting turn, Nicholas Rescher writes on the interpretation of philosophical texts. Then Catherine Wilson and Andreas Blank explicate and critique Rescher’s theories through analysis of the mill passage from Leibniz’s Monadology.
 

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Contents

Chapter1
1
Chapter2
16
Chapter3
31
Chapter4
44
Chapter5
66
Chapter6
91
Chapter7
100
Chapter8
111
Chapter9
130
Chapter10
158
Chapter11
179
Chapter12
203
Chapter13
220
Chapter14
234
Index
261
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\Peter Machamer is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is coeditor, with Gereon Wolters, of Thinking about Causes: From Greek Philosophy to Modern Physics and Science, Values, and Objectivity, among other books.

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