Mousetrapping: the ordeals of interpretation

Research output: Types of ThesisDoctoral Thesis


The assumption that interpretation is widespread and must be tamed is illustrated in the ambition for a touchstone capable of showing the authenticity, or veracity, of certain entities. Such touchstone would have the capacity to help us distinguish friends from enemies, of identifying the quality of particular lines, and of bringing the truth to light. This touchstone, used for the comprehension of others, may be an object, a form of test, or a person. It will, however, be seen that accurate judgments do not derive from the use of the touchstone itself, but from a technical understanding of interpretation conducted by accomplished individuals. Precise forms of judgment are, thus, the result of a combination of factors that include good intuition, or conviction, the ability to learn a specific method or technique, to show something, detect errors and ask questions.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Lisbon
  • Feijó, António M., Supervisor, External person
Place of PublicationLisbon
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Hermeneutics
  • Interpretation
  • Literary philosophy


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