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Hogan, Patrick Colm. ON INTERPRETATION: MEANING AND INFERENCE IN LAW, PSYCHOANALYSIS, AND LITERATURE. Athens, GA: University Of Georgia Press, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 235 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject. One of the finest accounts on not just one but three major areas of interpretation (the law, psychoanalysis, and literature) ever written. The First Hardcover Edition. Published simultaneously with the Softcover Edition in a small and limited print run by a University Press. "Challenges a number of entrenched assumptions about being and knowing that have long kept theorists debating at cross purposes. He sets forth a theory of meaning and interpretation and then develops it in the context of the practices and goals of the law, psychoanalysis, and literary criticism. Hogan argues that the basis of interpretive method is ordinary inferential reasoning. There is no general methodological difference between interpretation in the humanities and theory construction in the physical sciences. Furthermore, the nature of interpretation does not entail cultural, historical or other forms of relativism, as is commonly thought. However, this does not imply that there is only one way of approaching interpretation or that there is one true meaning of any particular work. Rather, there are many kinds of interpretation and many kinds of meaning, and the interpreter is free to stipulate one of these in the context of a particular inquiry. To illustrate the range of applications of his theory, Hogan considers legal decisions in the United States, distinguishing a range of meanings far broader than that explicitly recognized by legal theorists. He also draws on the philosophy of action, cognitive science, and psychoanalytic theory to extend his general interpretive principles" (Publisher's blurb). Indispensable and absorbing, this is a "must-have" title for Modern First and contemporary literature collectors. This is a University Press title, had a small and limited print run, and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the most brilliant living literary historians/theorists. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PATRICK COLM HOGAN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0820317241. $90.00

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