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Craig Bourne and Emily Caddick Bourne

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199675319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675319.001.0001

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True to a Story vs True in a Fiction

True to a Story vs True in a Fiction

(p.195) 12 True to a Story vs True in a Fiction
Time in Fiction

Craig Bourne

Emily Caddick Bourne

Oxford University Press

Truth in a fiction is distinguished from being true to a story. This allows for articulating in a sentence S what one takes to be an accurate report of a story without S being an accurate description of any possible world (i.e. without S stating anything which is true in a fiction). Explanation is given of how sentences with no content (because impossible) can be (mis)taken to have content. To do this, the notion of ‘Ely change’ (as opposed to genuine change, and so-called ‘Cambridge’ change), which involves taking one type of change for another, is introduced. The account is applied to Priest’s ‘Sylvan’s Box’, showing how an impression of impossibility is generated without having to say an impossible world is described. In the process, it is shown that apparent reasoning with counterlogicals can be understood in terms of genuine counterfactual reasoning together with what is true to the story.

Keywords:   change, truth, content, impossible world, Sylvan’s Box, counterlogical

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