Interpretation and Construction: Art, Speech, and the Law / Edition 1

Interpretation and Construction: Art, Speech, and the Law / Edition 1

by Robert Stecker
     
 

Interpretation and Construction examines the interpretation of intentional human behavior, focusing primarily on issues in art, law, and everyday speech.

The centerpiece of the book is the examination of two large-scale views about the nature of interpretation: historicism and constructivism. Historicists claim that interpretations discover meaning;

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Interpretation and Construction examines the interpretation of intentional human behavior, focusing primarily on issues in art, law, and everyday speech.

The centerpiece of the book is the examination of two large-scale views about the nature of interpretation: historicism and constructivism. Historicists claim that interpretations discover meaning; constructivists claim that interpretations create meaning. Building on both views, Stecker offers a comprehensive theory of interpretation. Containing one of the clearest expositions of the issues and arguments that guide the debate, the book also offers an original way of resolving it that gives both historicists and constructivists their due.

Written by one of the leading figures on the theory of interpretation, this book will be of particular interest to philosophers of art and legal theorists, and to anyone interested in the problems posed by the interpretation of human artifacts, behavior, and speech.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405101745
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
New Directions in Aesthetics Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Interpreting the Everyday1
2Art Interpretation: The Central Issues29
3A Theory of Art Interpretation: Substantive Claims52
4A Theory of Art Interpretation: Conceptual and Ontological Claims72
5Radical Constructivism95
6Moderate and Historical Constructivism124
7Interpretation and Construction in the Law153
8Relativism versus Pluralism184
References201
Index208

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