Interpretation of Art Works

  • Tadeusz Pawlowski
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 144)


Some attempt at an interpretation is involved in any more attentive contact with an art work. Sometimes the understanding comes spontaneously, as if of itself, so that the interpretational efforts remain unnoticed. It is only when one encounters difficulties in comprehension, when various persons ascribe to an art work differing meanings, that the processes of interpretation become fully conscious. What is the nature of these processes? Are particular interpretations instances of the same kind of activity? Or do they rather form a non-homogeneous set which falls under closer analysis into several sets of differing character? These problems are the subject matter of this chapter which is conceived as a study of the more important methodological problems concerned with interpretation of art works.


Semantic Function Constitutive Element Language Sign Semantic Element Interpretational Effort 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tadeusz Pawlowski
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  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyUniversity of LodzPoland

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