Empty Revelations: An Essay on Talk about, and Attitudes toward, Fiction

Empty Revelations: An Essay on Talk about, and Attitudes toward, Fiction

By: Peter Alward (author)Hardback

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What mysteries lie at the heart of fiction's power to enchant and engage the mind? Empty Revelations considers a number of philosophical problems that fiction raises, including the primary issue of how we can think and talk about things that do not exist. Peter Alward covers thought-provoking terrain, exploring fictional truth, the experience of being "caught up" in a story, and the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction. At the centre of Alward's argument is a figure known as the "narrative informant" who mediates the reader's encounter with fictional events through - sometimes unreliable - reporting. Developing a theory in which the author is a sculptor who constructs works of fiction out of words, Alward demonstrates that much of the confusion about fiction stems from a failure to properly distinguish between writing fiction and telling stories. Combining clarity, philosophical sophistication, ingenuity, and originality, Empty Revelations is a rewarding read for both scholars of philosophy and anyone interested in the complex ways that fiction works.

About Author

Peter Alward is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Lethbridge and adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773540385
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780773540385
  • ISBN10: 0773540385

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