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Artworld Metaphysics$
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Robert Kraut

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228126.001.0001

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Pluralism and Understanding

Pluralism and Understanding

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Artworld Metaphysics

Robert Kraut (Contributor Webpage)

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Critical Pluralism is the thesis that artworks admit of alternative, equally acceptable (”correct”) interpretations, some of which are incompatible with others; it asserts that if there is a way to get an artwork right, then there are many ways. This chapter explores several likely strategies in support of Critical Pluralism. The issue is approached by exploring parallel puzzles concerning the metaphysics of linguistic meaning, specifically the applicability of Quine's arguments for the indeterminacy of translation to artworld interpretation: there are enough points of contact between artworld interpretation and natural language translation to render such explorations illuminating.

Keywords:   factual vs. normative, indeterminacy of translation, interpretation, monism, pluralism, Quine, meaning, semantics

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