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Truth, Fiction, and LiteratureA Philosophical Perspective$
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Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236818.001.0001

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Metaphysics and Fictions

Metaphysics and Fictions

7 Metaphysics and Fictions
Truth, Fiction, and Literature

Peter Lamarque

Stein Haugom Olsen

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers pressures of a metaphysical nature, suggesting how they might be resisted sufficiently to retain both the distinctiveness of the practice of storytelling and the substance of our later view about literature and its relation to truth. The discussion focuses on certain attempts to extend the idea of fictionality such that not only do all discourses turn out to be fictional but their subject-matters too, the objects and facts of which they speak.

Keywords:   fiction, metaphysics, storytelling

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