Fiction, Literature, and Value

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:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Fiction, Literature, and Value

Show Summary Details


This chapter presents a summary of the discussions in the preceding chapters. It argues that if one accepts the no-value view of literature then all that is possible in literary theory is a historiography of value, a history of reception and judgements. No universally valid logic of value judgements is possible. Indeed, the types of value which literary works have for different social groups will not be commensurable. Nor will the value judgements of one social group necessarily be even intelligible to other groups. The only possible ‘debate’ between these different communities would be a power-struggle where argument is reduced to mere persuasion or coercion.

Keywords: fiction; literature; no-value view

Chapter.  7001 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.