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Intentions in the Experience of Meaning

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ISBN-10: 052157630X

ISBN-13: 9780521576307

Edition: 1999

Authors: Raymond W. Gibbs

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What do our assumptions about authorship matter for our experience of meaning? This book examines the debates in the humanities and social sciences over whether authorial intentions can, or should, constrain our interpretation of language and art. Scholars assume that understanding of linguistic and artistic meaning should not be constrained by beliefs about authors and their possible intentions in creating a human artifact. It is argued here that people are strongly disposed to infer intentionality when understanding oral speech, written texts, artworks, and many other human actions. Although ordinary people, and scholars, may infer meanings that diverge from, or extend beyond, what…    
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/13/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The controversy over intentions
Searching For Intentions
Intentions and intentional action
Meaning and communication
Inferring intentionality in experience
Intentions in Discourse
Spoken language
Saying what we don't mean
Writing and reading
Intentions in Criticism
Questions of authorship
Literary interpretation and criticism
Interpreting the law
Understanding art
The intentional mind