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intentional fallacy

Syllabification: in·ten·tion·al fal·la·cy

Definition of intentional fallacy in English:

noun

(the intentional fallacy)
(In literary theory) the fallacy of basing an assessment of a work on the author’s intention rather than on one’s response to the actual work.
Example sentences
  • Beardsley thought this theory correct and used it to argue that the intentional fallacy is indeed a fallacy.
  • One concept of literary theory that is underused in music criticism is the intentional fallacy: the belief that the author's intent is not the singular truthful interpretation for a work.
  • His meaning-as-use formulation, for instance, hilariously commits the intentional fallacy: the meaning is limited by the speaker's intentions, which is clearly not true.

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