British Journal of Aesthetics 56 (1):53-65 (2016)

Authors
William D'Alessandro
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
Abstract
The problem of truth in fiction concerns how to tell whether a given proposition is true in a given fiction. Thus far, the nearly universal consensus has been that some propositions are ‘implicitly true’ in some fictions: such propositions are not expressed by any explicit statements in the relevant work, but are nevertheless held to be true in those works on the basis of some other set of criteria. I call this family of views ‘implicitism’. I argue that implicitism faces serious problems, whereas the opposite view is much more plausible than has previously been thought. After mounting a limited defence of explicitism, I explore a difficult problem for the view and discuss some possible responses
Keywords Truth in fiction  Aesthetics  Fiction  Truth  Narrative  Consequence  Genre  Sequels
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/aesthj/ayv031
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Truth in Fiction.David K. Postscripts to Lewis - 1978 - American Philosophical Quarterly 15 (1):37--46.
Truth and Inference in Fiction.John F. Phillips - 1999 - Philosophical Studies 94 (3):273-293.
A Note on Truth in Fiction.Christopher New - 1997 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 55 (4):421-423.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Fiction Unlimited.Nathan Wildman & Christian Folde - 2017 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 75 (1):73-80.
The Possibility of Empty Fictions.Nathan Wildman - 2019 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 77 (1):35-42.
The Trouble with Poetic Licence.Michel-Antoine Xhignesse - 2016 - British Journal of Aesthetics 56 (2):149-161.
A Bad Theory of Truth in Fiction.Ioan-Radu Motoarc? - 2017 - British Journal of Aesthetics 57 (4):379-387.

View all 9 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Truth and Reference in Fiction.Stavroula Glezakos - forthcoming - In Gillian Russell & Delia Graff Fara (eds.), Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Routledge.
The Puzzle of Historical Criticism.Christopher Bartel - 2012 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 70 (2):213-222.
Fate, Fiction and the Future.Robin Le Poidevin - 2001 - Philosophical Papers 30 (1):69-92.
Truth in Fiction: A Theory of Aesthetic Relevance.Noel Houston Tisdale - 1983 - Dissertation, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
Serial Fiction, Continued.B. Caplan - 2014 - British Journal of Aesthetics 54 (1):65-76.
Truth in Fiction.David K. Postscripts to Lewis - 1978 - American Philosophical Quarterly 15 (1):37--46.
Truth, Relativism, and Serial Fiction.Andrew McGonigal - 2013 - British Journal of Aesthetics 53 (2):165-179.
Filosofía y Literatura de Ficción.José Miguel Odero - 1998 - Anuario Filosófico 31 (61):487-518.
Contexts, Fiction and Truth.Alberto Voltolini - 2013 - In A. Capone, M. Carapezza & F. Lo Piparo (eds.), Perspectives on Pragmatics and Philosophy. Springer. pp. 489-500.
Reasoning to What is True in Fiction.Peter Lamarque - 1990 - Argumentation 4 (3):333-346.
Judgment in Fiction.David Ryan - 2002 - South African Journal of Philosophy 21 (1):63-82.
Much Ado About Nonexistence: Fiction and Reference.Hatem Rushdy (ed.) - 2007 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-08-06

Total views
798 ( #5,570 of 2,381,244 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
133 ( #3,828 of 2,381,244 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes