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Learned Interpretation In her book Justice and Interpretation Georgia Warnke sets forth the general principles of hermeneutics Hermeneutics is basically another way of referring to the way we as a society interpret various information through our history and culture It is the way we give reasons why a particular decision or action was appropriate for us at a given time Warnke also illustrates how hermeneutics can be beneficial to our society In the conclusion of her book she discusses the debate on abortion and shows how a hermeneutic approach to the debate can be beneficial to both sides First she makes the point that a hermeneutic approach can shift the emphasis from a conflict that between the advocates of pro-choice and those of pro-life to a conflict between two interpretations of how the decisions and actions taken by each group followed along the guidelines set forth by the traditions of our society Through this change the conflict becomes one not over which group is correct in its thinking but one in which the integrity of our society as a whole can be examined This change will in turn help to reduce the tension between the opposing forces and help them to more effectively reach a resolution that will best represent the feelings of the entire society The problem that arises here is that the opposing sides may and often do have opposing conceptions of just how a society can define what is most appropriate for it Here again she uses the debate over abortion to illustrate her point She states that for the pro-life position banning all abortions may be the only action consistent with the traditions of the society we live in and that for the pro-choice position protecting the possibility of abortion as a constitutional right is the only plausible action for the same reasons She explains how there is no conceivable way of appeasing both sides and that if
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