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I've read in some blog that any piece of art contains any meaning that any reader or spectator may find in it.

Has something similar been explored in philosophical works, or was it an 'original' opinion of the author?

  • Sounds like reader response theory. – curiousdannii Jan 15 at 22:15
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  • There was a story in the UK newspapers not long ago, where a young student had to do a book report analysing the meaning of a book, he knew the author personally and asked him, and he got a "D" for his efforts, being told by the teacher that he completely misunderstood the book. – gnasher729 Jan 16 at 10:30
  • This does not answer your question but gives you some small idea of what is available. iep.utm.edu/aestheti – Gordon Jan 16 at 15:15
  • If you are in college or even just near a university library or other good library, I hope you will explore this yourself. In the Philosophy section (philosophy of art etc), Art section, aesthetics, also in Literature. Yes there is something in philosophy for you on the subject and the books are lonely just waiting for you, even Derrida. – Gordon Jan 16 at 15:16

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