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Imagining and KnowingThe Shape of Fiction$
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Gregory Currie

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199656615.001.0001

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Wise authors?

Wise authors?

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Imagining and Knowing

Gregory Currie

Oxford University Press

This chapter continues the theme of reliability. To the extent that we rely on the deliverances of science, that is not because we have a personal faith in the integrity of the scientists responsible for the results in question but because we have confidence in the practices and institutions of science itself. I suggest that, in this respect, we find a contrast between science and the world of fiction-makers and their audiences. I then raise some questions about the psychology of artistic creativity and its relation to that great theme of literature and quality fictions of all kinds: the mind. Finally, I take a look at the general idea of expertise, asking where we can expect to find it and where an illusion of expertise is more likely. I suggest that the idea of the ‘wise author’, able to see further into the depths of moral psychology than the rest of us, is something we have reason to be suspicious of.

Keywords:   reliability, epistemic institutions, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Meehl

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