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date: 16 July 2019

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In 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.

Keywords: intention, aesthetics theory, interpretation, appreciation of art, eliminativism, reductive analysis

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