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Doing what comes naturally : change, rhetoric, and the practice of theory in literary and legal studies

Author: Stanley Eugene Fish
Publisher: Durham ; London : Duke University Press, 1989. ©1989
Series: Post-contemporary interventions.
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In literary theory, the philosophy of law, and the sociology of knowledge, no issue has been more central to current debate than the status of our interpretations. Do they rest on a ground of rationality or are they subjective impositions of a merely personal point of view? In Doing What Comes Naturally, Stanley Fish refuses the dilemma posed by this question and argues that while we can never separate our judgments  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Fish, Stanley Eugene.
Doing what comes naturally.
Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 1989
(DLC) 88026740
(OCoLC)18739133
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley Eugene Fish
ISBN: 9780822381600 0822381605
OCLC Number: 297346698
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (x, 613 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction: Going Down the Anti-Formalist Road --
With the Compliments of the Author: Reflections on Austin and Derrida --
Why No One's Afraid of Wolfgang Iser --
Working on the Chain Gang: Interpretation in Law and Literature --
Wrong Again --
Fish v. Fiss --
Change --
No Bias, No Merit: The Case Against Blind Submission --
Short People Got No Reason to Live: Reading Irony --
Profession Despise Thyself: Fear and Self-Loathing in Literary Studies --
Anti-Professionalism --
Transmuting the Lump: Paradise Lost, 1942-1979 --
Don't Know Much About the Middle Ages: Posner on Law and Literature --
Consequences --
Anti-Foundationalism, Theory Hope, and the Teaching of Composition --
Still Wrong After All These Years --
Dennis Martinez and the Uses of Theory --
Unger and Milton --
Critical Self-Consciousness, Or Can We Know What We're Doing? --
Rhetoric --
Force --
Withholding the Missing Portion: Psychoanalysis and Rhetoric.
Series Title: Post-contemporary interventions.
Responsibility: Stanley Fish.

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In literary theory, the philosophy of law, and the sociology of knowledge, no issue has been more central to current debate than the status of our interpretations. Do they rest on a ground of rationality or are they subjective impositions of a merely personal point of view? In Doing What Comes Naturally, Stanley Fish refuses the dilemma posed by this question and argues that while we can never separate our judgments from the contexts in which they are made, those judgments are nevertheless authoritative and even, in the only way that matters, objective. He thus rejects both the dem.

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