Intention in Art

Research output: Book Chapters | Papers in Conference ProceedingsReference Entrypeer-review


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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford handbook of aesthetics
EditorsJerrold LEVINSON
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780199279456
ISBN (Print)9780198250258
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005


  • intention
  • aesthetics theory
  • interpretation
  • appreciation of art
  • eliminativism
  • reductive analysis


Dive into the research topics of 'Intention in Art'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this