15. Understanding Pleistocene Rock Art: An Hermeneutics of Meaning

  1. Jo McDonald3 and
  2. Peter Veth4
  1. Oscar Moro Abadía1 and
  2. Manuel R. González Morales2

Published Online: 23 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch15

A Companion to Rock Art

A Companion to Rock Art

How to Cite

Abadía, O. M. and Morales, M. R. G. (2012) Understanding Pleistocene Rock Art: An Hermeneutics of Meaning, in A Companion to Rock Art (eds J. McDonald and P. Veth), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118253892.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Centre for Rock Art Research and Management, University of Western Australia, Australia

  2. 4

    University of Western Australia, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

  2. 2

    University of Cantabria, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 8 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334241

Online ISBN: 9781118253892

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Keywords:

  • form, style, and aesthetics in rock art;
  • understanding Pleistocene rock art, an hermeneutics of meaning;
  • Pleistocene rock art, hermeneutics and the meanings of rock art;
  • ethnographic by structuralism, cave paintings and the underlying structure;
  • explicit reflection lacking on Pleistocene rock images, of one meaning over another;
  • exploring philosophical hermeneutics, on the question of understanding;
  • Gadamer, on experience as pre-formed by language, imprisoned within words, concepts;
  • interpretations based on “the hermeneutical situation” in which one understands;
  • modern interpretations, constrained by the objective reality of rock images;
  • “rock art/portable art” dichotomy fitting to Pleistocene art, as an endless process

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abstract

  • The Problem of Understanding in Pleistocene Art Studies

  • Philosophical Hermeneutics: An Introduction

  • Understanding Pleistocene Rock Art: An Hermeneutics of Meaning

  • Some Concluding Thoughts

  • References