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must have in mind as he works some theory that connects intention to aesthetic value: critical intention is no more a mental state than artistic intention. Nor do I mean that if he reports that intention as including a re - working of Philomel, though this was never recognized by Fellini, he must be conscious of hav ing t he thought that the film is a better film read that way. I mean only that in the usual critical circumstances we must be able to attribute some such view to him, in the way we normally attribute convictions to people, if we are to understand his claims as interpretive rather than, for example, mocking or deceitful.'^ I do not deny what is obvious, that interpreters think within
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6 a INTERPRETIVE CONCEPTS a tradition of interpretation from which they cannot wholly escape. The interpretive situation is not an Archimedian point, nor is that suggested in the idea that interpretation aims to make what is interpreted the best it can seem. Once again I appeal to Gadamer, whose account of interpretation as recognizing, while struggling against, the constraints of history strikes the right note.'^ INTENTIONS AND PRACTICES In reply to the objection I set out at the beginning of this dis- cussion, I claim that artistic interpretation in our culture is constructive inmrpretatior^ The large question how far the best interpretation~oTawork of art must be faithful 'to ^ the author s intention turns on the constructive question (whether accepting that requirement allows interpretation to jmake of the artistic object or experienc e_the best it can be.j Those who think it ddS715ecatIS€^they think genius is the nerve of art or for some other reason, must make more de - tailed judgments of artistic value in deciding what the perti- nenC intention of the author really is. iWe must now consider , the objection as it applies specifically to the other form of creative interpretation, the interpretation of social practices and slructures-iHow could that form of interpretation aim to discover anything like an author s intention? We noticed one sense in which someone might think it can. A member of a social practice might think interpreting his practice means discovering his own intentions in the sense I descr^be^J But that hypothesis offers no coni fort foTh^ object ion, because the objection argues that interpretation must be neutral and therefore that the interpreter must aim to discover someone mptiyes and purposes. \Vhat sense can we make of that suggestion in the context of social interpretation? There are two possibilities. Someone might say that inter - pretation of a social practice means discovering the purposes or intentions of the other participants in the practice, the cit -
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INTERPRETIVE CONCEPTS 63 izens of courtesy for example. Or that it means discovering the purposes of the community that houses the practice, conceived as itself having some form of mental life or group consciousness. The first of these suggestions seems more at - tractive because less mysterious. But it is ruled out by
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