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Interpretation
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The act of interpretation occurs in nearly every area of the arts and sciences. That ubiquity serves as the inspiration for the fourteen essays of this volume, covering many of the domains in which interpretive practices are found. Individual topics include: the general nature of interpretation and its forms; comparing and contrasting interpretation and hermeneutics; culture as interpretation seen through Hegel's aesthetics; interpreting philosophical texts; methodologies for interpreting human action; interpretation in medical practice focusing on manifestations as indicators of disease; the brain and its interpretative, structured, learning and storage processes; interpreting hybrid wines and cognitive preconceptions of novel objects; and the importance of sensory perception as means of interpreting in the case of dry German Rieslings. In an interesting turn, Nicholas Rescher writes on the interpretation of philosophical texts. Then Catherine Wilson and Andreas Blank explicate and critique Rescher's theories through analysis of the mill passage from Leibniz's Monadology.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Some Cogitations on Interpretations
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 2. The Logic of Interpretation
  2. pp. 16-30
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  1. 3. Interpretation as Cultural Orientation: Remarks on Hegel's Aesthetic
  2. pp. 31-43
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  1. 4. Hermeneutics and Epistemology: A Second Appraisal—Heidegger, Kant, and Truth
  2. pp. 44-65
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  1. 5. Davidson and Gadamer on Plato's Dialectical Ethics
  2. pp. 66-90
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  1. 6. The Interpretation of Philosophical Texts
  2. pp. 91-99
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  1. 7. The Explanation of Consciousness and the Interpretation of Philosophical Texts
  2. pp. 100-110
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  1. 8. On Interpreting Leibniz's Mill
  2. pp. 111-129
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  1. 9. How to Interpret Human Actions (Including Moral Actions)
  2. pp. 130-157
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  1. 10. Interpretive Practices in Medicine
  2. pp. 158-178
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  1. 11. Interpreting Medicine: Forms of Knowledge and Ways of Doing in Clinical Practice
  2. pp. 179-202
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  1. 12. Concept Formation via Hebbian Learning: The Special Case of Prototypical Causal Sequences
  2. pp. 203-219
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  1. 13. Interpreting Novel Objects: The Difficult Case of Hybrid Wines
  2. pp. 220-233
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  1. 14. Classifying Dry German Riesling Wines: An Experiment toward Statistical Wine Interpretation
  2. pp. 234-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-266
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