Fiction and the Weave of Life

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byJohn Gibson

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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 thatliterature 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 therelationship between literature and life, and shows that literature's great cultural and cognitive value is inseparable from its fictionality and inventiveness.

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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 thatliterature concerns itself not with the real world bu...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199642575

ISBN - 13:9780199642571

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Loss of the Real2. Literature and the Sense of the World3. Beyond Truth and Triviality4. The Work of Criticism5. The Fictional and the RealConclusion

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