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Is interpretation a mode of inquiry, or is it a cognitive capacity that should itself be a target of inquiry?
Given the role played by interpretation in the humanities and social sciences, this question has a direct bearing on intellectual activity in both areas. In this talk, James hopes to counterpoise two seemingly incommensurable models of interpretation with a view to exploring its full dimensions.
The first of these is humanist model, which sees all knowledge as historically determined and culturally specific; the second is the positivist model, which views interpretive activities as the result of neurophysiological processes in the brain that are subject to scientific description.
His goal in doing this is not to produce a premature synthesis, but give expression to the difficulties that need to be negotiated by any account of interpretation that respects more than one branch of knowledge.
James Carney is Research Associate at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.
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