Truth In Fiction: The Story Continued
Byrne (Alex)
Source: Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 71, No. 1; March 1993
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  1. Narrative fiction, with which I shall exclusively be concerned here, contains many falsehoods. There is no such person as Sherlock Holmes, no such place as Lilliput, no community of talking rabbits on Watership Down or anywhere else, and there never has been, nor ever will be, such a sustained sequence of horrors as those Sade catalogues in 120 Days in Sodom. But all these actual falsehoods are true in their respective fictions.
  2. In the first part of this paper I criticise the accounts of truth in fiction which have been proposed by David Lewis and Gregory Currie.
  3. In the second part I offer a rival account.


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