Category Archives: Rhetor 20: Interpretations

Dealings with a Fish

In “Normal Circumstances, Literal Meanings, Direct Speech Acts, the Ordinary, the Everyday, the Obvious, What Goes without Saying, and Other Special Cases” Stanley Fish attacks the view, represented by quotations from John Searle, that sentences have definite meanings. Searle sets … Continue reading

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Toward Unambiguous Writing

In “Normal Circumstances, Literal Language, Direct Speech Acts, the Ordinary, the Everyday, the Obvious, What Goes without Saying, and Other Special Cases” Stanley Fish hopes to overturn the understanding of interpreting as an addition to “ordinary” or “raw” facts or … Continue reading

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