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TEXTS, WORKS, VERSIONS (WITH REFERENCE TO THE INTENTIONS OF MONSIEUR PIERRE MENARD)

Paisley Livingston

in Art and Intention

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278060
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602269 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278067.003.0005
TEXTS, WORKS, VERSIONS (WITH REFERENCE TO THE INTENTIONS OF MONSIEUR PIERRE MENARD)

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Various philosophers have found valuable insight in Jorge Luis Borges’ 1939 story, ‘Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote’. More specifically, a conclusion commonly drawn from the story is that a literary work is not reducible to a text. Livingston supports this thesis, but contends that the argument in its favour requires an independent defence of claims about the nature and identity of texts. To that end, he presents a new, ‘locutionary’ account that conjoins syntactical and pragmatic conditions. And with reference to an overlooked feature of Borges’ story, Livingston explores different senses of ‘version’ in artistic contexts, drawing on intentionalist resources.

Keywords: locution; ontology of art; Pierre Menard; text; version; works

Chapter.  9350 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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