Recent philosophy and the fiction/non-fiction distinction

Matravers, Derek (2018). Recent philosophy and the fiction/non-fiction distinction. Collection and Curation (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/cc-07-2017-0031

Abstract

Purpose - To provide an overview of recent philosophical argument concerning the distinction between fiction and non-fiction.

Design/methodology/approach - A critical view of the literature.

Findings - A consensus that had emerged that defined fiction in terms of the imagination, and imagination in terms of its functional role, has recently been questioned.

Research limitations/implications - The overview was written by a contributor to the field, and so may be considered partial.

Practical implications - There might be some implications regarding the ways books are classified.

Originality/value - The paper is not original, in that it puts forward points made elsewhere, however it is a completely up-to-date review of the field.

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