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Hermeneutics - Lesson 2

Hermeneutics - The Science of Interpretation

Chapter 2

  1. Read through the chapter carefully and then work on this question from memory. When you’ve done the matching, check your answers and make corrections.

    1. ____ norms of utterance

    a. “how a reader responds to the meaning of a text.”

    2. ____ understanding

    b. “the range of meanings allowed by the words (verbal symbols) of a text.”

    3. ____ subject matter

    c. “the experiences the author went through when writing the text.”

    4. ____ context

    d. “the literary form being used by the author and the rules governing that form.”

    5. ____ norms of language

    e. “the content or “stuff” talked about in a text.”

    6. ____ significance

    f. “the verbal or written expression of a reader’s understanding of the author’s meaning.”

    7. ____ mental acts

    g. “the correct mental grasp of the author’s meaning,”

    8. ____ implications

    h. “the specific meaning that the author has given to a word, phrase . . . in a text.”

    9. ____ literary genre

    i. “the willed meaning that an author gives to the literary materials surrounding his text.”

    10. ____ interpretation

    j. “the pattern of meaning the author willed to convey by the words . . . he used.”

    11. ____ meaning

    k. “those meanings in a text of which the author was unaware but nevertheless fall within the pattern of meaning he willed.”

  2. Work through Stein’s “Exercise in Definition,” p.59. Number your page 1 through 16 and apply one of the terms to each example. Maybe “subject matter” describes the language of no. 1? What about the rest?

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