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Title: Understanding, interpretation, and the ethical dimension : a study of hermeneutic engagement with texts, its implications, and their significance for literary studies
Author: Naundorf, Andrea Beate Susanne
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2013
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This study considers the significance of understanding and interpretation from a mainly hermeneutical point of view. I distinguish between understanding and interpretation in order to retain understanding's ontological character as an Existenzial, whilst giving interpretation the critical character needed in order to claim validity. Understanding and interpretation are deemed to have a valid basis which is needed since they ultimately culminate in self understanding as the ethical dimension. This ethical dimension is twofold: it requires the reader to engage with his values and understanding of a good life, and it demands the possibility for critical discussions of literary texts' interpretations. The place for self understanding can be found in the engagement with literary texts, and the forum for discussing the justification of interpretations with a more specific ethical dimension can be found in literary studies.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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