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action theory

action theory  

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A major orientation within sociology and related disciplines that privileges the analysis of the intentional behavior of individuals, or action. Action, in this narrow sense, is behavior that takes ...
active analysis

active analysis  

A style of psychoanalysis in which the analyst offers frequent interpretations (2). Compare passive analysis.
active audience theory

active audience theory  

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The view (particularly associated with mass-media usage) that the audiences are not merely passive receptacles for imposed meanings (see hypodermic model) but rather individual audience members who ...
active technique

active technique  

In psychoanalysis, a set of technical procedures presented by the Hungarian psychoanalyst Sandor Ferenczi (1873–1933) to the 1920 Psychoanalytic Congress in The Hague, with the approval of Sigmund ...
aesthetic codes

aesthetic codes  

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In the discourse of semiotics, recurrent features of form and style within the various expressive arts (poetry, drama, painting, sculpture, music, etc.) or expressive and poetic functions (sometimes ...
affective fallacy

affective fallacy  

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A tendency to relate the meaning of a text to its readers' interpretations, which is criticized as a form of relativism by those literary theorists who claim that meaning resides primarily within the ...
ambiguity

ambiguity  

Having more than one meaning. The simplest case is lexical ambiguity, where a single term has two meanings. A sentence or grammatically complex construction can be ambiguous without any of the words ...
amplification

amplification  

Enlargement: expressing an idea more expansively, or increasing the amplitude of a sound. In analytical psychology, interpretation (2) of a dream-image through directed association and exploration of ...
anagogic interpretation

anagogic interpretation  

In psychoanalysis, a mode of interpretation of dreams, myths, and other symbolic representations in order to reveal their higher allegorical or spiritual meaning. It is considered to be the opposite ...
Analytic Aesthetics

Analytic Aesthetics  

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For examples of the types of entries characteristic of Analytic Aesthetics, which is derived from twentieth-century Anglo-American philosophy (and which is often contrasted with Continental ...
Anthony Giddens

Anthony Giddens  

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(1938– )Internationally famous British sociologist, innovative publisher, public intellectual, and Director of the London School of Economics, Giddens has authored a remarkable succession of seminal ...
Appreciation

Appreciation  

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The term appreciation is used in literary and art criticism for the act apprehending a work of art with enjoyment. In art theory and literary theory, the concept of appreciation ...
Arthur C. Danto

Arthur C. Danto  

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(1924– )Philosophy professor at Columbia University (1966–87) whose major works include Nietzsche as Philosopher (1965). He is however best known as a philosopher of art, and art critic, and ...
audience determinism

audience determinism  

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Compare authorial determinism; textual determinism.1. In relation to the interpretation of texts that are separated from their authors (e.g. published books and broadcasts), the notion that the last ...
auditory perception

auditory perception  

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(psychology) The recognition, discrimination, and interpretation of sounds, including: frequency, pitch, timbre, loudness, speech, and music, together with sound localization, temporal analysis, and ...
authorial intention

authorial intention  

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A position that argues that the creator of a text possesses a privileged understanding of its meaning and that consequently any interpretation that contradicts this understanding must defer to the ...
bias

bias  

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Systematic distortion of results or findings from the true state of affairs, or any of several varieties of processes leading to systematic distortion. In everyday usage, “bias” often implies the ...
cause

cause  

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In non-specialist contexts, to ask for the cause of some particular happening is to ask what made it happen, or brought it about. To give a causal explanation is to answer such questions, usually by ...
closure

closure  

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1. A satisfying sense of completion or completeness.2. A defining feature of a narrative that resolves all of the issues in a ‘proper ending’. See narrative closure.3. The processes by which a text ...
comprehension

comprehension  

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1. Broadly, the mental processes involved in making sense of any communication.2. (literal comprehension) Ascribing plausible meanings to message elements and understanding their denotation. See also ...

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