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Metaphysics and Fictions

Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen

in Truth, Fiction, and Literature

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236818
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679377 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236818.003.0007

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Metaphysics and Fictions

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This chapter considers pressures of a metaphysical nature, suggesting how they might be resisted sufficiently to retain both the distinctiveness of the practice of storytelling and the substance of our later view about literature and its relation to truth. The discussion focuses on certain attempts to extend the idea of fictionality such that not only do all discourses turn out to be fictional but their subject-matters too, the objects and facts of which they speak.

Keywords: fiction; metaphysics; storytelling

Chapter.  11919 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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