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Truth in Fiction

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume I

Published in print August 1983 | ISBN: 9780195032048
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833382 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195032047.003.0015
Truth in Fiction

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Drawing on his account of possible worlds, Lewis attempts to specify the truth‐conditions for statements of the form, ‘In fiction f, Φ’. According to Lewis, such truth in fiction is the product of two sources: “the explicit content of the fiction, and a background consisting either of the facts about our world or of the beliefs overt in the community of origin.” In the postscript, Lewis addresses the topics of make‐believe, impossible fictions, and fiction in the service of truth.

Keywords: fiction; make‐believe; Meinong; modal truth; possible worlds

Chapter.  10749 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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