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Exegesis Hermeneutics Flux Capacitor of Truthiness


This is a wonderful starter for ten on Hermeneutics and Exegesis In the Multi-Media Age.
Ted Nelsons Hypertext portends and is prescient on the HTTP/URL world of the Internet and interweb. Ted distinguishes the two, The Internet is an ocean and The Web, bound and limited to flaky old URLs Is a Boat whose bilge pumps, eject out mere electronic media making its imitation of print on paper.
With Xanudocs and Transclusion, the provenance of Ideas in electronic documents provide the Timelines with both, forward; from the present date of any extant document, and also backwards into the mists of provenance. There are a plethora of terminology in the Xanadu world which Douglas Adams called hyper land in his excellent documentary of the same name Hyperland, Sideways and all manner of other exotic dimensions previously unimagined are catered for.
David Bowie in an interview with Jeremy Paxman back in 1999 described the Internet Audience, Reader, Listener and watcher as a participant in the flow of ideas a meeting of the Regarding mind with the grey space of the internet emittances completing the picture Regardeur de Tableaux,
And here we meet This Blog and its look at meaning and context and the motivation behind the Intended meaning of Historians.
Of Course, Kubla khan decreed his pleasure dome and Coleridge offered it up as a Fragment.
Or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment.
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man



Many historians focus primarily on authors’ “intended meanings.” Yet all textual interpreters, including historians, need a second kind of meaning. I call this idea “extended meaning,” a new name for an old idea: “P means Q” is the same as “P logically implies Q.” Extended and intended meaning involve different kinds of understanding: even if we grasp exactly what authors meant, we miss something important if we overlook their errors, for example. Crucially, extended and intended meaning are not alternatives: just as some parts of texts cannot be understood without historical analysis, so too some parts of texts cannot be understood without philosophical analysis. Indeed, some historians are adept at using extended meanings to recover intended meanings. But the failure to make this explicit has led many historians to undervalue philosophical analysis. This article thus applies the idea of extended meaning to three practical questions: whether we can deviate from authors’ intended meanings, whether we can use anachronisms, and how we can use extended meanings to recover intended meanings. The idea of extended meaning thus strengthens our theoretical foundations and offers valuable practical tools.

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