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February 8, 2007

Hirsch: If the Rubik's Cube were a written work, this would be it.

"The interpreter's goal is simply this: to show that a given reading is more probable than others. In hermeneutics, verification is a process of establishing relative probabilities."

Thanks, Mr. Hirsch. You've been able to explain what I've thought for a long time in one sentence.

Honestly, I don't know if I can build on that more. It doesn't limit or become too broad - it simply states that it is our collective job to interpret a work that seems more probable than another. One can look at Gilman's story through this - the most probable cause was that she suffered from postpartum depression. The less probable, though one could defend it, is that she had bats in her head and the only way to quiet them was to remain, physically and emotionally, low and imprisoned.

Actually...that's kind of interesting. Bats in the head. I like it.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at February 8, 2007 3:19 PM

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