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British Journal of Aesthetics 19 (2):120-130 (1979)
The paper argues that our emotions in response to fictional representations are best explained, not as requiring a suspension of diselief, but as resembling the emotions we feel when we propound a hypothetical case to ourselves, such as the imagined happiness or suffering of ourselves or another. In reading fiction we voluntarily participate in a hypothesis represented by the work. If this explanation is accepted, we can retain the view that beliefs always entail commitment to the reality of what is believed.
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