87 Hermeneutics and Interrogation HUGH J. SILVERMAN State University of New York at Stony Brook ' Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies. - Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer ' Interpretation develops the aspect of meaning which we have called 'reference', that is, the intentional or- ientation towards a world and the reflexive orientation towards a self. - Ricoeur, "Metaphor and the Problem of Hermeneutics" . , In sum, philosophy interrogates the perceptual faith- but neither expects nor receives an answer in the ordin- ary sense, because it is not the disclosing of a variable or of an unknown invariant that will satisfy this ques- tion, and because the existing world exists in the inter- ' rogative mode. Philosophy is the perceptual faith questioning itself about itself. - Merleau-Ponty, The Visible and the Invisible Interpretation and interrogation are not the same. Yet they occupy the same space. The hermeneutics of Heidegger, Gadamer and Ricoeur offer an account of interpretation that moves away from the ego-centric, subject-based, self-directed conception that is most commonly associated with Husserlian phenomenology. There is no authority here, only au- thenticity and authorization. Similarly Merleau-Pontean interrogation opens up a field in which questioning
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