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Fiction and Conviction

Simon Blackburn

in Practical Tortoise Raising

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199548057
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191594953 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548057.003.0017
Fiction and Conviction

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This chapter discusses Bernard Williams's treatment of Herodotus, and argues that the issue of distinguishing use of a fictional story from belief in what is mentioned in the fiction is much more complex than it appears. It discusses the well-known indeterminacies in interpreting religious conviction, and draws morals for contested cases in other branches of metaphysics.

Keywords: Bernard Williams; Herodotus; fiction; belief; metaphysics; ontology

Chapter.  6647 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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