Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Only Imagine – Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination

Kathleen Stock


This book begins with a detailed description and defence of a controversial theory of fictional content (or ‘fictional truth’) known as ‘extreme intentionalism’. On this view, roughly, the fictional content of a particular text is equivalent to exactly what the author of the text intended the reader to imagine. The book situates this theory in relation to its competitors including hypothetical intentionalism, value-maximizing theory, and the influential anti-intentionalism view of David Lewis—and puts forward a strong argument for its superiority, despite its many detractors. In the second hal ... More

Keywords: fiction, fictional truth, fictional content, intentionalism, interpretation, imagination, possibility, modal knowledge, counterfactual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198798347
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798347.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Stock, author
University of Sussex