Do cultural artifacts admit of only one single admissible interpretation? Or do they admit of several admissible interpretations? If so, do such multiple interpretations arise only in connection with the material world? And what is the relation between such ideals of interpretation and the ontology of their objects? in his searching book, Krausz explores and develops varieties of realism, constructivism, and constructive realism. Finally, Krausz extends the notions of singularism and mutliplism to directional life paths and projects. In the course of his treatment Krausz considers such diverse examples as the paintings of Anselm Kiefer, Cristo's Wrapped Reichstag, Indian burial rites, Hindu and Buddhist soteriologies, as well as middle sized objects and sub-atomic particles. And he considers contributions of such thinkers as John Searle, Nelson Goodman, Rom Harre, Bernard Harrison and Patricial Hanna, Fritz Wallner, Hilary Putnam, Chhanda Gupta, Joseph Margolis, David Norton, and Martha Nussbaum.
Michael Krausz is the Milton C. Nahm Professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Ideals of Interpretation:Singularism versus Multiplism Chapter 3 A Multiplist and an Example: Margolis and the Kiefer Paintings Chapter 4 That Which Is Interpreted Chapter 5 Realism and Constructivism Chapter 6 Toward a Constructive Realism Chapter 7 Constructive Realists (I): Harre Chapter 8 Constructive Realists (II): Harrison and Hanna, and Wallner Chapter 9 Constructive Realists (III): Putnam and Gupta Chapter 10 Constructive Realists (IV): Margolis Chapter 11 Questions about Indeterminacy and Identity Chapter 12 Aims of Interpretation Chapter 13 Two Soteriologies Chapter 14 Life Paths and Projects Chapter 15 Conclusion