Professor William Irwin is Professor of Philosophy, Kings College, Pennsylvania.
He has authored amongst others Intentionalist Interpretation: A Philosophical Explanation and Defense (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, December 1999.)
However, Irwin is best known for originating the “philosophy and popular culture” book genre with Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing in 1999 and The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D’oh! of Homer in 2001.
In this interview Irwin is asked questions about authorship, intention and meaning in regards to the series LOST and Harry Potter.
Professor Paisley Livingston is Chair Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Humanities at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Among his publications is ‘Art and Intention’
Intentism asks various questions regarding intentionality including Livingston’s position that an artist’s intentions can be unrealized in the finished work.
Professor Jerrold Levinson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is author of numerous books including Contemplating Art, and The Pleasures of Aesthetics: Philosophical Essays.
Intentism interviews Levinson on several aspects of intentionalism including his own theory of categorical versus semantic intentions.
Here is the link to the interview:
For the past two years, I used a reading in this course from Richard Eldridge’s Introduction to the Philosophy of Art. I dropped the reading for this time around–one of many casualties that came as a result of making room for adding Carroll’s Brillo book [On Criticism] to the syllabus.
Anyway, Eldridge had some very nice quotes about what an aesthetic understanding (= Barnard’s “understanding”; = Carroll’s “analysis”) is, which I thought I would share here, in hopes of further elucidating (ha ha) some of these concepts.
Since [artists’] problem situations, and especially problem situations of artistic work, can be complex, since the action of artistic making is frequently temporally extended, and since thoughts, reasons, plans, intentions, and so forth of the agent [i.e., artist] are formed out of publicly intelligible strategies, some articulated and some not, we need not and should not longer on worries about…
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