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Single Idea 23449

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 3. Hermeneutics]

Full Idea

Interpreting a text is a matter of making sense of it. And to make sense of a text is to represent it as making sense.

Gist of Idea

Interpreting a text is representing it as making sense


Michael Morris (Guidebook to Wittgenstein's Tractatus [2008], Intro.2)

Book Reference

Morris,Michael: 'Guidebook to Wittgenstein's Tractatus' [Routledge 2008], p.7

A Reaction

'Making sense' is obviously not a very precise or determinate concept. It is probably better to say that the process is 'trying' to make sense of the text, because most texts don't totally make sense.