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21. Aesthetics / D. Aesthetic Concepts / 1. Artistic Intentions

[status of an artist's intentions in aesthetics]

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The author's intentions are irrelevant to the judgement of a work's success [Wimsatt/Beardsley]
The thoughts of a poem should be imputed to the dramatic speaker, and hardly at all to the poet [Wimsatt/Beardsley]
Poetry, unlike messages, can be successful without communicating intentions [Wimsatt/Beardsley]
The intentional fallacy is a romantic one [Wimsatt/Beardsley]
Biography can reveal meanings and dramatic character, as well as possible intentions [Wimsatt/Beardsley]
Without intentions we can't perceive sculpture, but that is not the whole story [Scruton]