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Fiction and the Weave of Life

ISBN : 9780199642571

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¥4,653
Author: 
John Gibson
Pages
212 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
142 x 215 mm
Pub date
Jan 2012
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Literature is a source of understanding and insight into the human condition. Yet ever since Aristotle, philosophers have struggled to provide a plausible account of how this can be the case. For surely the fictionality - the sheer invented character - of the literary work means that literature concerns itself not with the real world but with other worlds - what are commonly called fictional worlds. How is it, then, that fictions can tell us something of consequence about reality? In Fiction and the Weave of Life, John Gibson offers a novel and intriguing account of the relationship between literature and life, and shows that literature's great cultural and cognitive value is inseparable from its fictionality and inventiveness.

Index: 

Introduction
1. The Loss of the Real
2. Literature & the Sense of the World
3. Beyond Truth and Triviality
4. The Work of Criticism
5. The Fictional & the Real
Conclusion

About the author: 

John Gibson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville.

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