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Interpretation, Intentions, and Responsibility
Interpretation, Intentions, and Responsibility

Author(s): Peter Alward
Subject(s): Aesthetics
Published by: Ústav dějin umění Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: intentionalism;contextualism;interpretation;artist’s intention;fiction

Summary/Abstract: In this paper, I defend a contextualist account of the role of authors’ intentions in interpretation, according to which their role depends on readers’ interpretive interests. In light of a general discussion of intentions and responsibility, I argue that insofar as readers are interested in attributing authorial responsibility for interpretations of fictional works, authors’ intentions need to play a central role in those interpretations. And I investigate the implications of this account for ‘accidental authorship’, cases in which interpretations of a work are neither intended nor reasonably foreseen by the author.

  • Issue Year: LV/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 135-154
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English