Making Sense

A Theory of Interpretation

By (author) Paul Thom

Publication date:

01 March 2000

Length of book:

128 pages

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9780847697823

Critics and artists (including performing artists) claim the title of 'interpreter' for themselves. Scientists do not so readily describe themselves in this way. But is the formulation of explanatory hypotheses in science so different from the interpretive work of artists? Making Sense recognizes that whenever interpretation occurs there may be a plurality of competing successful interpretations. It offers a philosophical theory that views the interpretive enterprise as an attempt to make sense of things by representing them in ways that can be accommodated within various significance-systems.
Thom's framework is important and along the right lines. Anyone interested in interpretation should give careful consideration to these views.