John Gibson Fiction and the Weave of Life

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

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"We need more books like Fiction and the Weave of Life. Brief, coherent, readable, and bold, it avoids the digressive indulgences of many longer books, while retaining their ambition and importance.... The book is well-written, original, and thought-provoking. It deserves to be widely read."--James Harold, British Journal of Aesthetics
.,."remarkable study...Gibson's voice is strong and original and his contribution fresh."--Jukka Mikkonen, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
"We need more books like Fiction and the Weave of Life. Brief, coherent, readable, and bold, it avoids the digressive indulgences of many longer books, while retaining their ambition and importance.... The book is well-written, original, and thought-provoking. It deserves to be widely read."--James Harold, British Journal of Aesthetics


."..remarkable study...Gibson's voice is strong and original and his contribution fresh."--Jukka Mikkonen, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism


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