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Fictions

Jody Azzouni

in Talking About Nothing: Numbers, Hallucinations and Fictions

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199738946
eISBN:
9780199866175
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738946.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Fictional discourse, this chapter shows, is a truth-apt discourse that’s supported on and defers to what may be described as a pretence (or story-telling) practice that isn’t truth-apt. Nevertheless, ... More


How to Create a Fictional Character

Peter Lamarque

in Work and Object: Explorations in the Metaphysics of Art

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199577460
eISBN:
9780191722998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577460.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses the ontological status of fictional characters and the logical constraints on creating characters. Drawing on Jerrold Levinson's arguments for the creation of musical works, it ... More


Fictional Persons and Fictional Worlds

Frank Palmer

in Literature and Moral Understanding: A Philosophical Essay on Ethics, Aesthetics, Education, and Culture

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198242321
eISBN:
9780191680441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242321.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy

Any normal reader or theatre-goer is perfectly well aware at all times that the characters depicted in novels and plays do not really exist. Yet, people refer to them by name, have conversations ... More


Existence and fiction

R. M. Sainsbury

in Reference without Referents

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199241804
eISBN:
9780191602696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199241805.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Shows how well the book’s theory applies to existential statements, providing a very straightforward account of true negative ones. The theory also applies reasonably well to fiction, and the ... More


Moral Responses to Fictional Characters

Frank Palmer

in Literature and Moral Understanding: A Philosophical Essay on Ethics, Aesthetics, Education, and Culture

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198242321
eISBN:
9780191680441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242321.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy

Fictional characters do not belong to the actual world. They do not join in interpersonal relationships; their actions and decisions no more aid or impair people's aims than people do theirs. With ... More


Art and Emotion

Derek Matravers

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199243167
eISBN:
9780191697227
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243167.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

This book examines how emotions form a bridge between our experience of art and of life. We often find that a particular poem, painting, or piece of music carries an emotional charge; we may also ... More


The Imagined Seeing Thesis

George M. Wilson

in Seeing Fictions in Film: The Epistemology of Movies

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199594894
eISBN:
9780191731440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594894.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

In this chapter, there is a discussion of some fundamental questions about the nature of our perceptual/imaginative relationship to the fictions depicted in movies. First, it is argued that viewers ... More


Living in a Fictional World: Reading and Identification in Lost Girls

Alfonso Muñoz-Corcuera

in Graphic Novels as Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496813275
eISBN:
9781496813312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496813275.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter studies Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie's Lost Girls and how it deals with another topic that is being discussed in contemporary aesthetics: identification with fictional characters. ... More


Mirroring Fictional Others

Zanna Clay and Marco Iacoboni

in The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199691517
eISBN:
9780191731815
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691517.003.0019
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

The way in which we connect with purely fictional characters can be a deep and enduring experience. Here we take recent evidence from neuroscience to explore the possible mechanisms underlying our ... More


Ideas for Stories

Anthony Everett and Timothy Schroeder

in Fictional Objects

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198735595
eISBN:
9780191799631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735595.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter explores the relationship between ideas and fictional characters. It begins by giving an account of ideas, taking them to be historical entities not unlike species. Initially an idea ... More


Puzzles and Paradoxes

Jenefer Robinson

in Deeper than Reason: Emotion and its Role in Literature, Music, and Art

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199263653
eISBN:
9780191603211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199263655.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The argument of Chapter 4 is defended against a number of objections: that not all novels require emotional involvement (true), that we do not in fact react to novels in a bodily way (false), that I ... More


Talking through the Pretense

Anthony Everett

in The Nonexistent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199674794
eISBN:
9780191758102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674794.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

We often talk within the scope of a pretense in order to convey information about the real world, the nature of that pretense, or the attitudes of those engaged in the pretense. This will often be ... More


Introduction

Stuart Brock and Anthony Everett

in Fictional Objects

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198735595
eISBN:
9780191799631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735595.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

The introduction describes the general philosophical importance of issues to do with fiction and fictional objects. The introduction then rehearses the arguments commonly offered for fictional ... More


Introduction

Derek Matravers

in Art and Emotion

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199243167
eISBN:
9780191697227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243167.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

Great art provides some of the most valuable experiences it is possible for people to have. Such experiences engage many aspects of one's mental life simultaneously: filling one's senses whilst at ... More


Fictional Realism and Negative Existentials

Tatjana von Solodkoff

in Empty Representations

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199647057
eISBN:
9780191761041
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199647057.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Fictional realists embrace an ontology that includes entities such as Hermione Granger and Frodo Baggins. Realism appears to be charitable to our ordinary conception of fictional characters insofar ... More


Causal Stories

Derek Matravers

in Art and Emotion

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199243167
eISBN:
9780191697227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243167.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

Those who claim that propositional imagining is insufficient for an analysis of readers' emotional involvement with fiction are right in so far as merely imagining p (where p is some relevant ... More


The Moral Attitudes

Frank Palmer

in Literature and Moral Understanding: A Philosophical Essay on Ethics, Aesthetics, Education, and Culture

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198242321
eISBN:
9780191680441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242321.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy

In responding to literary fiction, it is essential that people have moral responses to fictional characters. It is unintelligible to suppose that access could be gained to understanding ... More


Fictional Characters as Social Metaphors

Noël Carroll

in Questions of Character

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780199357703
eISBN:
9780199357734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357703.003.0022
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Fictional characters often serve as labels that are used in classifying real people. Thus, one may say of the person who embarks on a private investigation into her own family’s affairs that she is ... More


Fiction and Fictional Objects

Francesco Berto, Mark Jago, and Christopher Badura

in Impossible Worlds

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780198812791
eISBN:
9780191850585
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812791.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter begins with the problem of what counts as true in a given fiction, beyond what’s explicitly given in that fiction. It then considers the problem of inconsistent fictions, which are ... More


Fictional Objects

Stuart Brock and Anthony Everett (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198735595
eISBN:
9780191799631
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735595.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

The essays in this collection aim to make sense of our talk about fictional characters, and more generally about fictional objects. The chapters in this volume take a variety of different ... More


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