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Interpretive Disagreements And The Ontology Of A Text

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This chapter begins with the philosophy of language and speech-act theory, for the help it provides in making important commonsense distinctions about language and the way it works. Focusing on what is entailed in an utterance by a speaker will enable to articulate how a text is related to live speech and what constitutes the identity of a text. The chapter addresses the whole knotty issue of the author and authorial intent, which plays an important part in the author's understanding of how to address the major questions before us. Although in the context of a historical-critical approach the role of the canon is significantly muted, the chapter ends with some provisional observations on the differences a "scriptural" understanding of the biblical texts would entail.

Keywords: authorial intent; language conventions; speech-act theory

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