Fiction and the Weave of Life (Paperback)
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Fiction and the Weave of Life (Paperback)

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Paperback 212 Pages / Published: 05/01/2012
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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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199642571
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 215 x 142 x 12 mm


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Review from previous edition Gibson's book is well-written, erudite and wide-ranging, littered with valuable insights, and his broad vision of cognitive literary value as not constrained by narrow notions of truth and reference is an attractive and welcome one. * Cain Samuel Todd, Analysis Reviews *
We need more books like Fiction and the Weave of Life. Brief, coherent, readable and bold ...The book is well-written, original, and thought-provoking. It deserves to be widely read. * James Harold, British Journal of Aesthetics *
engaging and admirably clear ... rigorous and stimulating * Times Higher Education *

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