Truth or Consequences: On Being against Theory

  title={Truth or Consequences: On Being against Theory},
  author={Steven J. Mailloux},
Before reading "Against Theory" by Steven Knapp and Walter Benn Michaels, I thought I fully understood Stanley Fish's theory of interpretive communities. Fish's theory seemed a consistent elaboration of the claim that there are no uninterpreted givens. What we take to be independent facts are actually constructions of our interpretive assumptions and strategies. From this perspective, texts do not determine interpretations; interpretations constitute texts. Furthermore, interpretive practices… CONTINUE READING