Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Aims of Interpretation… Kant & Lebenswelt

HIRSCH, E.D. (1976) The Aims of Interpretation. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

“Kant’s procedure shows very clearly that it was he and not the twentieth-century phenomenologists who first conceived the value-laden objects of cultural experience as epistemological ultimates. It was he, not ourselves, who first discovered the irreducible connection of ‘fact’ and ‘value’ in the Lebenswelt [world of lived experience]. For Kant argues that the objects of cultural experience, no less than those of primary sensation, are constituted by the mental organization of the perceiver.” (p101)

It is not important here to enter an argument of who came up with what, but Kant’s argument that the objects of our socio-cultural experience, on which our interpretations are based, are attributed meaning by the perceiver. The objects in themselves do not hold meaning until they are perceived. 

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