Interpretation and the Hypothetico-Deductive Method: A Dilemma

  title={Interpretation and the Hypothetico-Deductive Method: A Dilemma},
  author={Christian Folde},
  journal={Journal of Literary Theory},
  pages={58 - 82}
Abstract The Norwegian philosopher Dagfinn Føllesdal and his German colleague Heide Göttner argued independently from one another that the interpretation of literary texts proceeds by the hypothetico-deductive method. In this paper I critically examine their view. My interest, however, is systematic rather than exegetical. After elucidating the claim and working through some case studies, I discuss several objections raised in the debate. My central point is that the view runs into a dilemma… 



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