The Ethical Implications of The Intentional Fallacy

How We Ought to Address the Art of Immoral Artists

  • Rosanna Sparacino
Keywords: philosophy, wimsatt, beardsley


I argue that biographical information is akin to other non-aesthetic, social, historical, or political information. As such, artist’s biographies are always relevant and important when interpreting art. While the meaning and value of a piece of art is not determined by any single piece of contextual information, neither is its meaning and value ever entirely separated from context. In some cases, however, a piece of art that is technically magnificent may be experienced as repugnant when the artist has committed egregious acts.

How to Cite
Sparacino, R. (2019). The Ethical Implications of The Intentional Fallacy. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 12(1), 22-31. Retrieved from