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

William D'Alessandro
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
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
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DOI 10.1093/aesthj/ayv031
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