The method of equality was above all a method of the will,' writes Ranciere: 'One could learn by oneself and without a master explicator
when one wanted to, propelled by one's own desire or by the constraint of the situation' (12).
If the ways people act in different groupings are sufficiently ad hoc, unified theories may represent only partial explicators
, and we may gain deeper understanding by combining multiple frameworks to add dimensions and abandon the older hard science models.
He would not have waited four centuries for chance explicators
of his text guessed that he had come upon something important, but for the most part they interpreted him as a dealer in trendy communications theory who beguiled his audiences with a persona that joined, in Tom Wolfe's phrase, "the charisma of a haruspex with the irresistible certitude of the monomaniac.
Recent discourse in the fine arts and philosophy lifts the communicative functions of metaphor and analogy up for especial scrutiny, and explicators
of music have like-wise, from numerous perspectives, begun to explore the figurative language human beings employ to speak about music as well as the somewhat recondite metaphors that often seem to lie at the heart of music's meanings (one thinks of theorists as different as Fred Maus and Steven Feld, but also of such forebears as Edward Cone and Leonard Meyer--all names invoked here in one context or another).
For Norris is surely one of the leading explicators
, popularizers, and critics of contemporary cultural theorists, notably Derrida and de Man, with whom much of this book deals.
It is, moreover, immediately understood, and needs no help from the eager curatorial explicators
An unwholesome, clammy intimacy pervades these sentences that refuse to do their job as explicators
, analysts, judges.
Here what Gadamer's explicators
call the "effective history" of the text being read, the period of decolonization, provides a clue (Baynes, Bohman, and McCarthy 319).
As death gathers the New York intellectuals into a generation--in Irving Howe's memorable phrase--they become fertile ground for critics and historians and, in due course, explicators