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New Directions in Aesthetics #1: Interpretation and Construction

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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.

Synopsis:

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

About the Author

Robert Stecker is Professor of Philosophy at Central Michigan University. He is the author of Artworks: Definition, Meaning, Value and many articles in aesthetics, the philosophy of language, and the history of modern philosophy.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements.

1. Interpreting the Everyday.

2. Art Interpretation: the Central Issues.

3. A Theory of Art Interpretation: Substantive Claims.

4. A Theory of Art Interpretation: Conceptual and Ontological Claims.

5. Radical Constructivism.

6. Moderate and Historical Constructivism.

7. Interpretation and Construction in the Law.

8. Relativism v. Pluralism.

References.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405101745
Author:
Stecker, Robert
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Hermeneutics
Subject:
Art -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
2002. Corr. 2nd
Series:
New Directions in Aesthetics
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
236.2 x 157.4 x 20.8 mm 16 oz

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