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Workshop „Ambiguity“


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Science is based on interpretation. Whether discussing data or analysing texts, interpreting a law or taking an anamnesis - the aim is always to grasp and understand an issue as best as possible. possible and to understand it. In many cases, however, this comprehension does not work unambiguously: the data is unclear or the text contradictory, the intention of the law is not clear, or the symptoms are unspecific.

But how do different scientific disciplines deal with ambiguity? Is the aim to clarify the ambiguous situation, for example in order to be able to make a diagnosis? Or is it precisely in ambiguity that a particularity is seen and emphasised, for example in the course of an ambiguous interpretation of a text? Our thesis is that different 'cultures of interpretation' develop different ways of dealing with ambiguity, both synchronically (e.g. in different disciplines) and diachronically (at different historical points in time). What one interpretive culture sees as a danger and tries to avoid, the other emphasises as a special quality.

This internal workshop will focus on three topics:

  1. an overview of terms
  2. case studies from different disciplines
  3. comparative interpretative practices

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