Intentionalism in Aesthetics.

  title={Intentionalism in Aesthetics.},
  author={Paisley Nathan Livingston},
  journal={New Literary History},
  pages={831 - 846}
  • P. Livingston
  • Published 1 November 1998
  • Philosophy
  • New Literary History
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