After that long post, I should note that there is nothing inherently wrong with an “interpretive” analysis for its own sake. I have no problems with artistic readings of things and discussions of what a given work “means.” To be clear, what I’m arguing against is the conflation of analyses of interpretation and those of understanding (re: cognition). When one starts mistaking one for the other is where things get problematic.
I’m so out of the loop, Neil. How have you been? Glad you finally started a blog–it’s nice to have some place to read your thoughts on a regular basis!