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.
- 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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