Interpretation and Meaning in Philosophy and Religion


Interpretation and Meaning in Philosophy and Religion synthesizes cutting-edge philosophical reflections on interpretation with their application to religion. For this, new theoretical insights on interpretation by Krausz, Lamarque, Leddy, Hagberg, and Gibson are examined. Topics cover multiplism (i.e. interpretative pluralism), the goal of interpretation and its starting point. These concepts are then studied in relation to the practice of interpreting religious texts. For example, Grube proposes that the action-relevance of religious interpretations limits the possibility of tolerating divergent interpretations, Karrer-Grube challenges Lamarque’s insistence on a firm starting point, and Gokhale challenges Krausz by arguing that Vedantic practices of interpretation are non-multiplist.

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Dirk-Martin Grube, Ph.D. (1991) Temple University/Philadelphia, Habilitation from Kiel University, Germany (1999). Chair of “Religious Diversity and the Epistemology of Theology/Religion” at VU University, Amsterdam. He has published several monographs and more than fifty articles on philosophy (of religion) and theology.
List of Contributors
Introduction, Dirk-Martin Grube
PART I: Foundational Reflections on Interpretation
1. On Why Interpretation Is a Problem for Philosophy of Art, Peter Lamarque
2. The Ideals and Aim of Interpretation, Michael Krausz

PART II: Developing the Philosophical Discussion on Interpretation Further
3. Overcoming Dualism: Textual Meaning Discovered and Invented, Thomas Leddy
4. In Language, Beyond Words: Literary Interpretation and the Verbal Imagination, Garry L. Hagberg
5. Interpretation, Literature and Meaning Scepticism, John Gibson

PART III: Applying the Philosophical Discussion on Interpretation to Religion
6. Characteristic Features of the Interpretation of Religious Texts: Applying Lamarque’s and Krausz’s Theorizing on Interpretation to Religion, Dirk-Martin Grube
7. Lamarque's Theory of Interpretation and the Practice of Interpreting Biblical Texts: The Case for Semi-Generic Interpretations, Christiane Karrer-Grube
8. Some Reflections on Michael Krausz’s Account of Meaning and Interpretation, Pradeep P. Gokhale
All interested in the theory of interpretation and its application to a paradigmatic field of inquiry (viz. religion), i.e. philosophers of art and of religion, theologians, literary theorists, and historians.