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David Lewis

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780195032048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195032047.001.0001

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Truth in Fiction

Truth in Fiction

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(p.261) Fifteen Truth in Fiction
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Philosophical Papers Volume I
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David Lewis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195032047.003.0015

Drawing on his account of possible worlds, Lewis attempts to specify the truth‐conditions for statements of the form, ‘In fiction f, Φ’. According to Lewis, such truth in fiction is the product of two sources: “the explicit content of the fiction, and a background consisting either of the facts about our world or of the beliefs overt in the community of origin.” In the postscript, Lewis addresses the topics of make‐believe, impossible fictions, and fiction in the service of truth.

Keywords:   fiction, make‐believe, Meinong, modal truth, possible worlds

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