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The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 31, 1998

Philosophy of Interpretation

Alexander Kremer
Pages 22-27

Are All Interpretations Possible?

Two fundamental criticisms made by traditional hermeneutics against philosophical hermeneutics are that the latter deny the possibility of objectively true interpretation, as well as assert that all interpretations are possible on the basis that they cannot be measured. In my paper, I argue that the first criticism is well-founded, while the second is not. I contend that interpretations can be decided according to two relational criteria: (i) which interpretation has a more comprehensive horizon; and (ii) which one is derivable from the other.

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