Intention in Art

Paisley Livingston

in The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279456
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Intention in Art


In aesthetics and literary theory, intentions are most often discussed in debates over standards of interpretation. A major shortcoming of such debates, it has been observed, is a lack of insight into the nature and functions of intentions. With that point in mind, this article is designed to complement other recent surveys that focus primarily on intention and interpretation. The first section surveys claims about what intentions are and do, while the second turns to arguments regarding the place of intentions in the appreciation of art.

Keywords: intention; aesthetics theory; interpretation; appreciation of art; eliminativism; reductive analysis

Article.  7218 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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