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Imagining and Knowing: The Shape of Fiction

Gregory Currie


Works of fiction are works of and for the imagination. Additionally, they very often provide opportunities for learning—for the acquisition of knowledge and of skills. And the learning they provide comes to us through our imaginative engagement with them. We learn from them in surprisingly effective ways, and what we learn is often the sort of thing we can hardly ever learn in other ways. So it is said. This book defends the connection between fiction and imagination; it responds to a number of challenges to that idea, and argues that there lies within the domain of the imagination a number of ... More

Keywords: fiction, imagination, knowledge, learning, error, Darwinism, empathy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656615
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199656615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Currie, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of York