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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199299522
ISBN-10: 0199299528
Format: Hardback
(222mm x 145mm x 15mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Gibson

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

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