Only imagine: fiction, interpretation and imagination

Stock, Kathleen (2017) Only imagine: fiction, interpretation and imagination. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198798347

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In the first half of this book, I offer a theory of fictional content or, as it is sometimes known, ‘fictional truth’.The theory of fictional content I argue for is ‘extreme intentionalism’. The basic idea – very roughly, in ways which are made precise in the book - is that the fictional content of a particular text is equivalent to exactly what the author of the text intended the reader to imagine. The second half of the book is concerned with showing how extreme intentionalism and the lessons learnt from it can illuminate cognate questions in the philosophy of fiction and imagination. For instance, I argue, my position helps us to explain how fiction can provide us with reliable testimony (Chapters 3 and 4); it helps explain the phenomenon of imaginative resistance (Chapter 4); and it fits with, and so supports, a persuasive theory of the nature of fiction itself (Chapter 5). In my final chapter (Chapter 6), I show how attending to intentionalist practices of interpreting fictional content can illuminate the nature of propositional imagining itself.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Fiction, Interpretation, Intentionalism, Imagination, Supposition, Knowledge
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0045 Theory. Philosophy. Esthetics
Depositing User: Kathleen Stock
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 09:17
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 11:54
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