Research Article

Interpretation, Intentions, and Responsibility



In this paper, I defend a contextualist account of the role of authors’ intentions in interpretation, according to which their role depends on readers’ interpretive interests. In light of a general discussion of intentions and responsibility, I argue that insofar as readers are interested in attributing authorial responsibility for interpretations of fictional works, authors’ intentions need to play a central role in those interpretations. And I investigate the implications of this account for ‘accidental authorship’, cases in which interpretations of a work are neither intended nor reasonably foreseen by the author.
  • Year: 2018
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 2
  • Page/Article: 135-154
  • DOI: 10.33134/eeja.174
  • Published on 1 Sep 2018
  • Peer Reviewed