This chapter is a critical notice of Paisley Livingston's 2005 Art and Intention, the most important book devoted to the question of the relationship between artistic intention and artistic meaning between Gary Iseminger's 1992 edited collection Intention and Interpretation and Christy Mag Uidhir's 2014 monograph Art and Art Attempts. In Art and Intention Livingston defends a rather strong intentionalism as regards the ontology and interpretation of works of art, the ground of which is laid by especially careful analyses of what an intention, an author, an oeuvre, and creation consist in. Though in substantial agreement with Livingston on many of the issues he addresses, this chpater engages critically with him on a number of points, and in particular attempt to respond to his criticisms of hypothetical intentionalism, the view on artistic interpretation favoured here, and which Livingston regards as the chief competitor to his own position.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.