David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
British Journal of Aesthetics 46 (3):223-247 (2006)
I discuss three theories regarding the interpretation of fictional literature: actual intentionalism (author's intentions constrain how their works are to be interpreted), hypothetical intentionalism (interpretations are justified as those most likely intended by a postulated author), and the value-maximizing theory (interpretations presenting the work in the most favourable light are to be preferred). I claim that actual intentionalism cannot account for the appropriateness or legitimacy of some interpretations, or alternatively that it must be weakened to the point that the considerations raised by hypothetical intentionalists and value maximizers come into play. And I argue that hypothetical intentionalism either reduces to the value-maximizing theory, which provides a more accurate and clearer expression of the position than does hypothetical intentionalism, or it mistakenly attributes to hypothesized intentions the kind of force that attaches only to actual intentions.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Stephen Davies (2013). Artists' Intentions and Artwork Meanings: Some Complications. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (2):138 - 139.
Similar books and articles
Hans Maes (2010). Intention, Interpretation and Contemporary Visual Art. British Journal of Aesthetics 50 (2):121-138.
Vivienne Brown (2007). Historical Interpretation, Intentionalism and Philosophy of Mind. Journal of the Philosophy of History 1 (1):25-62.
Stephen Davies (2010). The Hypothetical Intentionalist's Dilemma: A Reply to Levinson. British Journal of Aesthetics 50 (3):307-312.
R. Stecker & S. Davies (2010). The Hypothetical Intentionalist's Dilemma: A Reply to Levinson. British Journal of Aesthetics 50 (3):307-312.
Sherri Irvin (2009). Teaching and Learning Guide For: Authors, Intentions and Literary Meaning. Philosophy Compass 4 (1):287-291.
Jukka Mikkonen (2009). Truth-Claiming in Fiction: Towards a Poetics of Literary Assertion. Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 38 (18):34.
Jerrold Levinson (2010). Defending Hypothetical Intentionalism. British Journal of Aesthetics 50 (2):139-150.
Sheila Lintott (2002). When Artists Fail: A Reply to Trivedi. British Journal of Aesthetics 42 (1):64-72.
James A. E. Macpherson (2010). Legislative Intentionalism and Proxy Agency. Law and Philosophy 29 (1):1-29.
Jukka Mikkonen (2009). Intentions and Interpretations: Philosophical Fiction as Conversation. Contemporary Aesthetics 7.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads77 ( #14,310 of 1,088,833 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,666 of 1,088,833 )
How can I increase my downloads?