Is There a Single Right Interpretation?

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Michael Krausz
Penn State Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Philosophy
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Is there a single right interpretation for such cultural phenomena as works of literature, visual artworks, works of music, the self, and legal and sacred texts? In these essays, almost all written especially for this volume, twenty leading philosophers pursue different answers to this question by examining the nature of interpretation and its objects and ideals.

The fundamental conflict between positions that universally require the ideal of a single admissible interpretation (singularism) and those that allow a multiplicity of some admissible interpretations (multiplism) leads to a host of engrossing questions explored in these essays: Does multiplism invite interpretive anarchy? Can opposing interpretations be jointly defended? Should competition between contending interpretations be understood in terms of (bivalent) truth or (multivalent) reasonableness, appropriateness, aptness, or the like? Is interpretation itself an essentially contested concept? Does interpretive activity seek truth or aim at something else as well? Should one focus on interpretive acts rather than interpretations? Should admissible interpretations be fixed by locating intentions of a historical or hypothetical creator, or neither? What bearing does the fact of the historical situatedness of cultural entities have on their identities?

The contributors are Annette Barnes, No&ėl Carroll, Stephen Davies, Susan Feagin, Alan Goldman, Charles Guignon, Chhanda Gupta, Garry Hagberg, Michael Krausz, Peter Lamarque, Jerrold Levinson, Joseph Margolis, Rex Martin, Jitendra Mohanty, David Novitz, Philip Percival, Torsten Pettersson, Robert Stecker, Laurent Stern, and Paul Thom.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART I
7
The Sun Also Rises Incompatible Interpretations Alan Goldman
9
One and Only One Correct Interpretation
26
Rightness and Success in Interpretation Paul Thorn
45
Intentionality Meaning and OpenEndedness of Interpretation
63
Are There Definitive Interpretations?
76
Against Critical Pluralism
101
The Multiple Interpretahility of Musical Work
231
Right Answers Dworkins Jurisprudence
251
Truth in Interpretation A Hermeneutic Approach
264
Appreciation and Literary Interpretation
285
PART IV
307
Hypothetical Intentionalism Statement Objections and Replies
309
Andy Kaufman and the Philosophy of Interpretation
319
Whose Play Is It? Does It Matter?
345

Interpretation and Its Objects
122
Constructive Realism and the Question of Imputation
145
Interpretation and the Ontology of Art
159
Can Novel Critical Interpretations Create Art Ohjects Distinct from Themselves?
181
The Literary Work as a Pliahle Entity Combining Realism and Pluralism
211
Tossed Salad Ontology and Identity
360
Wittgenstein and the Question of True SelfInterpretation
381
Contributors
407
Index
411
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About the author (2010)

Michael Krausz is Milton C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. He is the author of Rightness and Reasons: Interpretation in Cultural Practices (1993) and Limits of Reason (2000), and he has edited several previous volumes, including The Interpretation of Music: Philosophical Essays (1993).

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