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Intentionalist Interpretation
     

Intentionalist Interpretation

by William Irwin
 

The tension between the roles of authorial intention and the text itself is a basic concern of contemporary hermeneutics. Challenging much of the current thinking in the field, this volume argues that the text itself, in its various forms, is an untenable criterion for correct interpretation, and through compelling moral and epistemological arguments defends an

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The tension between the roles of authorial intention and the text itself is a basic concern of contemporary hermeneutics. Challenging much of the current thinking in the field, this volume argues that the text itself, in its various forms, is an untenable criterion for correct interpretation, and through compelling moral and epistemological arguments defends an intentionalist approach to interpretation. After discussing the shortcomings of earlier intentionalist theories, Irwin proposes a new, normative approach, urinterpretation, which is based on an author construct, the urauthor, that includes several elements traditionally seen as separate from the author. The book closes with a theoretical application of intentionalism to philosophical, literary, and legal texts.

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Finding the primary conflict in contemporary hermeneutics to be between a normative and a descriptive approach, Irwin (philosophy, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) argues that the choices necessary to establish the normative criteria turn out to be ethical ones, whereas the descriptive task<-->especially as articulated by Gadamer<-->is a phenomenology of understanding. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313311512
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/1999
Series:
Contributions in Philosophy Series
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM IRWIN is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is the author of scholarly articles and reviews on hermeneutics, Sartre, and philosophical pedagogy. He has edited a collection of essays entitled Seinfeld and Philosophy.

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