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INTENTION AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ART

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/10.1093/0199278067.003.0006
INTENTION AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ART

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The successful recognition of intentions is integral to the success of many interpretative projects, including those aiming at the identification of a work’s meanings. As the influential thesis of ‘the intentional fallacy’ would have it, biographical knowledge cannot replace scrutiny of pictures, poems, and other artistic artefacts and performances. Yet there is also an ‘anti-intentional fallacy’, which amounts to denying that some implicit meanings require uptake of the artist’s intentions, in cases where these aims mesh successfully with the realized artefact or performance. Livingston supports a partial, actualist intentionalism with an axiological argument and surveys claims surrounding a range of positions in the theory of art interpretation.

Keywords: anti-intentionalism; interpretation; fictionalist intentionalism; hypothetical intentionalism; intentionalism; meaning

Chapter.  16197 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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