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DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015
WATSON HALL, ROOM 517 @ 4:00 p.m.
Catherine Collobert (University of Ottawa)
Title: “Interpreting Poetry with Socrates: Playing on Meaning”
Although Plato subjects the poets’ art to a severe critique, he nevertheless quotes their poems copiously in his works. In order to explain what may appear to be a paradoxical or even self-defeating attitude, I argue that the interpretation of poetry in the dialogues have a dual function, both didactic and expository, based on the idea that poetry lends itself to multiple plays on meaning. I first show how these plays on meaning are incorporated by defining two types of interpretation. The first is allegoresis, which is further subdivided into three kinds, refutative, offensive, and positive, and the second is exemplification, which can be offensive or positive. I then analyse the two hermeneutical principles, one of which is a form of anti-intentionalism and the other a decontextualization, and finally I examine the didactic and expository functions of the two different types of interpretation.
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