Interpretation Radical but Not Unruly: The New Puzzle of the Arts and History

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University of California Press, Feb 7, 1995 - Philosophy - 328 pages
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With this challenging work, Joseph Margolis continues the project begun in The Flux of History and the Flux of Science (California, 1993). Tackling one of philosophy's master themes, he develops the controversial thesis that the world is a flux. Here he applies this doctrine to Western theories of history and the interpretation of cultural phenomena—offering the first sustained analysis of the logic, methodology, and metaphysics of interpretation committed to a thoroughgoing relativism and the historicized structure of cultural phenomena. Versed in Anglo-American and Continental philosophy, Margolis draws on the best views of Western philosophy to investigate a topic regularly ignored in that tradition. The result is the surprising synthesis of two historically antipathetic approaches to philosophy.
 

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Contents

Reinterpreting Interpretation
21
Interpretation at Risk
56
Prospects for a Theory of Radical History
88
Puzzles of Pictorial Representation
127
Textuality and Intertextuality
156
History and Fiction
201
Interpretation and SelfUnderstanding
233
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Joseph Margolis, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy at Temple University, is the author of more than thirty books.

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