Relativism and Intentionalism in Interpretation

Relativism and Intentionalism in Interpretation : Davidson, Hermeneutics, and Pragmatism

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Relativism and Intentionalism in Interpretation: Davidson, Hermeneutics, and Pragmatism applies a rich philosophical perspective to questions central to the interpretation of art. Puolakka uses discussions of the relativity of interpretations to demonstrate that the pluralistic attitude towards art that characterizes pragmatism and hermeneutics can be combined with a view stressing the role of authorial intentions. Academics concerned with the philosophy of art and aesthetics will find unique and worthwhile contributions to the study here.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739150804
  • 9780739150801

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A wide-ranging, carefully conducted study that should interest a wide range of philosophers of art, language, and culture, especially those concerned with the bridge-building efforts of Margolis, Rorty, Gadamer and others. The author's guiding aim is to show how Davidson's later ideas on interpretation can serve as a basis for a form of objectivism about interpretation in both conversational and literary contexts, and as a bulwark against strong forms of relativism and historicism, while yet allowing for reasonable pluralism as regards both conversational and literary meanings. -- Jerrold Levinson, University of Maryland, College Park
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About Kalle Puolakka

Kalle Puolakka is postdoctoral researcher of aesthetics at the Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Helsinki.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Part 2 I. Does Joseph Margolis' Defense of Relativism Fall into an Impasse?. Part 3 II. From Humpty Dumpty to James Joyce: Donald Davidson's Late Philosophy and the Question of Intention Part 4 III. A New Look at Hermeneutic Criticisms of Intentionalism Part 5 IV. Richard Rorty's Pragmatist Challenge to Intentionalism Part 6 V. Conclusions: How to be a Pluralist without Being a Relativist?
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