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Fiction and the Weave of Life

John Gibson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199299522
eISBN:
9780191714900
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299522.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

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 ... More


The Intuitive Cosmology of Fictional Worlds

Deena Skolnick and Paul Bloom

in The Architecture of the Imagination: New Essays on Pretence, Possibility, and Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199275731
eISBN:
9780191706103
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275731.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Young children and adults understand the difference between reality and fiction. But recent work in developmental psychology has found that this is not the only distinction that children and adults ... 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


Readers and Spectators

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/9780198242321.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy

Fictional worlds are imaginatively engaged with and thus experienced just like the world of human beings. By calling them worlds, it is implied that they have or need to have, sufficient unity and ... More


Fiction Versus Fantasy, Pretence, and Make-Believe

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/9780198242321.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy

Talk of fictional worlds is not a matter of positing ‘other worlds’ existing within or beyond the actual world, but a reflection of the shared currency of our experience of literary representation. ... More


Literature and the Sense of the World

John Gibson

in Fiction and the Weave of Life

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199299522
eISBN:
9780191714900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299522.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The chapter begins the defence of humanism against the sceptic's challenge. It explores the linguistic and semantic considerations that make humanism seem so implausible. The sceptic's arguments make ... More


Politics and Anti-Realism in Athenian Old Comedy: The Art of the Impossible

Ian Ruffell

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199587216
eISBN:
9780191731297
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587216.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The collision of politics and claims of political intervention with the fantastic, absurd and impossible is characteristic of the Athenian comic drama of the late fifth and early fourth ... More


Theories of Fiction

Craig Bourne and Emily Caddick Bourne

in Time in Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199675319
eISBN:
9780191819674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675319.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The book’s framework for thinking about fiction is introduced. It treats fictions as describing fictional worlds. It takes fictional worlds to be possible worlds. And it takes possible worlds to be ... More


What if? Models, fact and fiction in economics

Mary S. Morgan

in British Academy Lectures 2013-14

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780197265864
eISBN:
9780191772016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265864.003.0009
Subject:
History, World Early Modern History

Economists build models to understand the economy, but to outsiders these often seem to be imagined or fictional worlds, accounts that seem closer to those of science fiction than to matters of ... More


Pleasantville: The Suburb as World

Timotheus Vermeulen

in Scenes from the Suburbs: The Suburb in Contemporary US Film and Television

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780748691661
eISBN:
9781474400909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691661.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The first chapter examines how Gary Ross’ 1998 blockbuster film Pleasantville presents the nature of the suburb’s fictional world. Each film or television programme postulates its own fictional ... More


Notes on a Luxo World

Christopher Holliday

in The Computer-Animated Film: Industry, Style and Genre

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474427883
eISBN:
9781474449618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427883.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter advances the term ‘Luxo’ as a useful descriptor that awards definition to the unique fictional worlds of the computer-animated feature film. The main body of writing in the initial ... More


Scenes from the Suburbs: The Suburb in Contemporary US Film and Television

Timotheus Vermeulen

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780748691661
eISBN:
9781474400909
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691661.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Suburbia. Say the word and a stream of images pass before your eyes: white picket fence, neatly mowed lawns, winding roads nicely lined with trees, pastel tinted bungalows, bored housewives, ... More


Paraworlds and Confirmation

Catherine Wilson

in Moral Animals: Ideals and Constraints in Moral Theory

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199267675
eISBN:
9780191601859
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199267677.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Addresses the question whether moral judgements can enjoy objectivity and whether posited moral rules can signify real obligations. It is argued that rules and judgements are interconvertible and, ... More


Computer Games as Designed Ethical Systems

Miguel Sicart

in The Ethics of Computer Games

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012652
eISBN:
9780262255134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012652.003.0002
Subject:
Computer Science, Game Studies

This chapter focuses on the ontology of games as designed objects, using design theory and game research as the main theoretical backgrounds. It explores the relations between game rules and ... More


The Sun Also Rises Incompatible interpretations

Alan H. Goldman

in Philosophy and the Novel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199674459
eISBN:
9780191752377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674459.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter offers incompatible but equally acceptable interpretations of the narrative and main characters of The Sun Also Rises. According to the first interpretation, the characters morally ... More


Direction

Marcus Nordlund

in The Shakespearean Inside: A Study of the Complete Soliloquies and Solo Asides

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474418973
eISBN:
9781474418997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418973.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Chapter 1 is entitled ‘Direction’, with a pun on the theatrical and the spatial senses of the word ‘direction’. The main purpose of the chapter is to mediate between, on the one hand, James Hirsh’s ... More


Fictional Worlds and Fiction Operators

Mark Sainsbury

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/9780199647057.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The aim of this chapter is to show that we cannot deepen our understanding of fiction, or of fiction operators, by appeal to fictional worlds. First, it is shown that there are many different fiction ... More


A Miscast of Character: Actors, Characters, and Character Actors

Christy Mag Uidhir

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/9780199357703.003.0026
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

It is sometimes asserted that actor X in movie Y was miscast, for instance, Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. That there could be such a thing as “miscasting” in movies is ... More


Don Quixote’s Response to Fiction in Maese Pedro’s Puppet Show: Madman or Transported Reader?

Domingo Ródenas de Moya and José Valenzuela

in Cognitive Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190256555
eISBN:
9780190256579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256555.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Readers experience fictional worlds as active participants and Quixote-like rather than passive spectators. Informed by cognitive psychological research, this essay draws an analogy between the ... More


Multiple worlds

Don Randall

in David Malouf

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719068324
eISBN:
9781781701140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719068324.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter analyses Fly Away Peter and Harland's Half Acre, which bring Malouf into focus as a writer of multiple-worlds fictions. In Fly Away Peter, the pluralisation of the fictional world gives ... More


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