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Fiction, Philosophy, and Logical Closure

Andrew Laird

in Classical Constructions

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218035
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191711534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218035.003.0013
Fiction, Philosophy, and Logical Closure

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The first part of this chapter puts narrative in its place before considering how and why speculation about fiction has been so readily dismissed or marginalized by current thinking. The subsequent sections seek to justify a conception of the essential relationship between fiction and philosophy from three different perspectives: it introduces and briefly examines the idea of ‘logical closure’, before going on to consider more general aspects of the relationship between invented fiction and philosophy. The final part looks at how philosophy itself might be conceived as fiction and concludes by considering the implications of this for potential constructions of the relationship between fiction and philosophy in antiquity.

Keywords: narrative; philosophy; logical closure; invented fiction; antiquity

Chapter.  11657 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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