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affective fallacy


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A tendency to relate the meaning of a text to its readers' interpretations, which is criticized as a form of relativism by those literary theorists who claim that meaning resides primarily within the text (see also literalism). Few contemporary theorists regard this as a ‘fallacy’ since most accord due importance to the reader's purposes. Compare intentional fallacy.

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