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Fiction and the Weave of Life

John Gibson


Literature is a source of understanding and insight into the human condition. Yet ever since Aristotle, philosophers have struggled to provide a plausible account of how this can be the case. For surely the fictionality, the sheer invented character, of the literary work means that literature concerns itself not with the real world but with other worlds — what are commonly called fictional worlds. How is it, then, that fictions can tell us something of consequence about reality? This book offers a novel and intriguing account of the relationship between literature and life, and shows that lite ... More

Keywords: the human condition, fictionality, invented character, fictional worlds, reality, literature, inventiveness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199299522
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299522.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gibson, author
University of Louisville
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