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Philosophical Perspectives on Art$
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Stephen Davies

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199202423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202423.001.0001

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True Interpretations

True Interpretations

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(p.191) 12 True Interpretations
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Philosophical Perspectives on Art
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Stephen Davies (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202423.003.0013

Monroe C. Beardsley holds that literary interpretations can be assessed for truth and that conflicting interpretations cannot both be true. By contrast, Joseph Margolis argues for the compatibility of conflicting interpretations by denying they can be assessed for truth. Both assume that if any interpretation of a work can be true, then only one interpretation of it can be true. That assumption is rejected here. This chapter is interested in discovering the meanings that can be put upon a work and argues that it can be true that many meanings are sustained by it.

Keywords:   Monroe C. Beardsley, Joseph Margolis, literary interpretations, meanings, truth

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