Making Sense: A Theory of Interpretation

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Art - 119 pages
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Critics and artists (including performing artists) claim the title of 'interpreter' for themselves. Scientists do not so readily describe themselves in this way. But is the formulation of explanatory hypotheses in science so different from the interpretive work of artists? Making Sense recognizes that whenever interpretation occurs there may be a plurality of competing successful interpretations. It offers a philosophical theory that views the interpretive enterprise as an attempt to make sense of things by representing them in ways that can be accommodated within various significance-systems.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Schikaneders Flugwerk Gildas Body
19
Greek Meteorology The Potato Eaters
35
Kinds
53
The Uninspired Archaeologist
71
The Offstage Piano and Elviss
87
Conclusions
103
Index
115
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Paul Thom is dean of arts at Australian National University.

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