Unrealistic Fictions

American Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1):33--46 (2011)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In this paper, we develop an analysis of unrealistic fiction that captures the everyday sense of ‘unrealistic’. On our view, unrealistic fictions are a species of inconsistent fictions, but fictions for which such inconsistency, given the supporting role we claim played by genre, needn’t be a critical defect. We first consider and reject an analysis of unrealistic fiction as fiction that depicts or describes unlikely events; we then develop our own account and make an initial statement of it: unrealistic fictions are those that invite us to believe something false. We further develop this account and restate it in terms of the notion of “import-export inconsistency.” That is, unrealistic fictions invite us to import certain propositions true in the actual world then invite us to export propositions entailing the negation of those imported. Finally, we consider whether for fiction being unrealistic is always an aesthetic flaw.
Keywords
PhilPapers/Archive ID
UIDUF
Revision history
Archival date: 2017-04-16
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Truth in Fiction.Lewis, David
Invitation.[author unknown]

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
239 ( #18,615 of 50,320 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
14 ( #34,964 of 50,320 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.