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Life in Art

Frank Palmer

in Literature and Moral Understanding

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780198242321
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242321.003.0006
Life in Art

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If people have no feeling whatsoever for the difference between life and life as represented in art, people should have no sense of embarrassment in making the most pedantic of objections to fiction which presents people with events which could not occur in real life. Though fiction is not a speculative hypothesis, it is not some sealed-off realm in which anything goes. However, even if people have some sense of what is appropriate or convincing within a particular genre, that in itself does not mean that people's understanding of life does not inform or bear upon what is understood in fiction. There is always an element of truth in fiction, but one which should prevent people from drawing too firm a line between art and life.

Keywords: life; art; genre; fiction; truth

Chapter.  11538 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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