Narrative, Truth, Life, and Fiction

Peter Goldie

in The Mess Inside

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199230730
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741340 | DOI:
Narrative, Truth, Life, and Fiction

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Chapter 7 addresses a concern about narratives that is often voiced: whether narratives about our lives are capable of truth and objectivity. Care needs to be taken as to what we mean by these terms: truth is not simply a matter of the constituent propositions in the narrative satisfying some minimal truth schema; and achieving objectivity is not simply a matter of providing or thinking through a narrative whose content expresses a perspective that can be shared by all reasonable people. Nonetheless, narratives are capable of truth and objectivity properly understood, and this in spite of the fact that, as a matter of human psychology, we tend to bestow our lives with a degree of narrativity that is often more appropriate to traditional fiction than it is to real life.

Keywords: narrative; narrative identity; fiction; truth; objectivity; MacIntyre

Chapter.  10398 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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