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Fiction and the Weave of Life


Literary fiction is of crucial importance in human life. It is a source of understanding and insight into the nature of the human condition. Yet ever since Aristotle, philosophers have struggled to provide a plausible explanation of how this can be the case. For surely the fictionality - the sheer invented character - of the literary text means that fiction presents not the real world, but emother/em worlds - what are commonly called emfictional/em worlds. In emFiction and the Weave of Life/em, John Gibson offers a novel and intriguing account of the relationship between literature and everyday life, and shows how literature can give us an understanding of our world without literally being about our world.

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