Surface and Deep Interpretation

In Mark Rollins (ed.), Danto and His Critics, 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 69-83 (2012)
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Abstract
Arthur C. Danto proposes a complex and controversial relationship between surface and deep interpretations in The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art (1986). We detail the analogy between understanding human actions and interpreting works of art that both develops a motivation for Danto's view and clarifies it. We object to the most plausible version of content dependency among surface and deep interpretations and in so doing, we also clarify the way in which an interpretation is constitutive of an artwork.
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