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Naturalising interpretation - interpreting naturalism: towards a neurosemiotic model of interpretation

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START DATE 16 February 2016
START TIME 02:00pm

Room C210, College Building, Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 16 February 2016
END TIME 03:00pm

James Carney from the University of Oxford discusses whether interpretation is a mode of inquiry or a cognitive capacity that should itself be a target of inquiry

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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