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Mette Steenberg, Pernille Bräuner and Sebastian Wallot

as a powerful socially coalescing presence, allowing readers a sense of subjective and shared experience at the same time”. Linguistic analysis of online responses demonstrated a development of “verbatim and near verbatim repetition” including “syntactic mirroring” and “reflective mirroring” over a

Gerald Cipriani

, as such, not all aspirations for and exercise of sovereignty should be seen as condemnable for their coercive power-seeking and control over persons, groups, or other human entities. Just as there is, for Paul Ricoeur, “good and bad subjectivity” in historiography, there is good and bad sovereignty

Interpretation and Its Objects

Studies in the Philosophy of Michael Krausz


Edited by Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

This volume collects twenty-one original essays that discuss Michael Krausz’s distinctive and provocative contribution to the theory of interpretation. At the beginning of the book Krausz offers a synoptic review of his central claims, and he concludes with a substantive essay that replies to scholars from the United States, England, Germany, India, Japan, and Australia. Krausz’s philosophical work centers around a distinction that divides interpreters of cultural achievements into two groups. Singularists assume that for any object of interpretation only one single admissible interpretation can exist. Multiplists assume that for some objects of interpretation more than one interpretation is admissible. A central question concerns the ontological entanglements involved in interpretive activity. Domains of application include works of art and music, as well as literary, historical, legal and religious texts. Further topics include truth commissions, ethnocentrism and interpretations across cultures.

Meng-Shi Chen

place in the scared domain where inner experience and communication manifest themselves, meanwhile pushes a self-contained subject to spill outside of itself and move toward a particular kind of subjectivity that experiences self-annihilation. This radical kind of subjectivity is what Bataille means by

Biraj Mehta Rathi

central to his notion of freedom. Yet, unlike the existentialist perspectives on intersubjectivity (which is characterized by conflict), for Tagore, stepping out of one’s subjectivity opens up a realm of symphonic whole; a realm of beauty and harmony. Thus, his notion of freedom has distinct spiritual as

Gerald Cipriani

other totalising teleological ideals. Gone should be the days that reduce history to logical orders based on causation that could be worked out, for example, by imagining counterfactuals. Should history, then, amount to subjectivity alone or, for that matter, inter-subjectivity? Such a radicalism could

Robert Clarke

the ineffable. Finally, we arrive at the penultimate chapter: Self-Acquaintance , which introduces three subjective modes of subjective ineffable knowledge – key to the author’s conclusion – where she tells us that “self-acquaintance acquaints a subject with her own subjectivity, that is, her Self

Gerald Cipriani

also be about incarnating the meaning of the world, a musical piece, or a play. Depending on schools of philosophy, cultures and historical periods, emphases have fluctuated between the objective, subjective, and experiential natures of interpretation. Each of these different emphases has been

Jazz, Kant and Zen

The Philosophy of Improvisation

Jonathan Day

his liking. 5 Why then is this so? It is perfectly reasonable to claim a taste for something or to see it as agreeable, but to claim that something that we do not recognise or understand is universally beautiful is rather outrageous. Kant argues first for a mechanism: As the subjective

Robert Clarke

, Gottfried Keller’s Green Henry . We eavesdrop on his memories of Berlin critics: “Robert Walser, you began as a clerk and a clerk you’ll always be!” And learn why he abandoned writing: “I simply could not find a motif … I had written myself dry. Burned out like an oven.” Walser laments the subjectivity of