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Truth, Fiction, and Literature: A Philosophical Perspective

Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen


This book examines the complex and varied ways in which fictions relate to the real world, and offers a precise account of how imaginative works of literature can use fictional content to explore matters of universal human interest. While rejecting the traditional view that literature is important for the truths that it imparts, the authors also reject attempts to cut off literature altogether from real human concerns. Their detailed account of fictionality, mimesis, and cognitive value helps restore to literature its distinctive status among cultural practices. The authors also explore the li ... More

Keywords: fiction, real world, human interest, mimesis, cognitive value, cultural practices, modern thought, logic, epistemology, make-believe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198236818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Lamarque, author
University of Hull
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Stein Haugom Olsen, author
University of Oslo