Laurent Stern here provides a concise account of the difficulties that arise within the interpretive process and in the context of interpretive conflict. Speakers and agents are expected by others to be occasionally insincere. Attempting to be tolerant of alternative interpretations, and dealing with the insincerity of others, often motivates interpreters themselves to become insincere. Accordingly, moral issues emerge for both speakers and interpreters. Interpretive Reasoning discusses such issues in the literature on interpretation.Stern offers a carefully argued account of the very idea of interpretation. What are the constraints on interpretations? What are our grounds for demanding that others agree with our interpretations? How do we support our interpretations? What are the types of interpretations we encounter? How are problems of first-person authority and self-knowledge connected with interpreting? While the author argues for interpretations supported by principles rather than by the consensus of interpreters, he also shows that even well-supported interpretations may be mistaken, and that some interpretive conflicts are interminable. Although this is a book in philosophy, scholars and students in the humanities, the social sciences, and disciplines concerned with interpretive reasoning can read it profitably.
|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
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This deft and adventurous book about the nature and problems of interpretation displays a rare combination of cultural breadth and analytical acuity. It unfolds step-by-step, corresponding to the reader's intuitions concerning which issues should be addressed next, and it shows the author's grasp of the importance of illuminating examples in philosophical work and his agility in deploying them. Laurent Stern is in a position to integrate the best of the analytical and continental idioms, and he does so with skill and expertise here.
Interpretive Reasoning is briskly written and energetically argued. It is clear, concise, and amply illustrated with examples.