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In Defence of Fictional Incompetence

Cavedon-Taylor, Dan (2010). In Defence of Fictional Incompetence. Ratio, 23(2) pp. 141–150.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9329.2010.00457.x
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Abstract

The claim that photographs are fictionally incompetent (i.e. that they can only depict those particulars they are appropriately causally related to) is argued by Noël Carroll, Gregory Currie, and Nigel Warburton to be falsified by cinematic works of fiction. In response I firstly argue that it does not follow from cinema's having a capacity for the representation of ficta that photography has a capacity for the representation of ficta. Secondly, and inspired by the work of Roger Scruton, I develop an account of how it is that cinema represents ficta on which this is fundamentally a matter of dramatic/theatrical representation. I argue that in cinematic fiction photography delivers a pre‐existent representation of ficta rather than creating or generating fictional content. With this being so, the claim that photography is fictionally incompetent is compatible with cinematic fiction.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Wiley, 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0034-0006
Keywords: cinema; depiction; fiction; film; photography; theatre
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 66762
Depositing User: Dan Cavedon-Taylor
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 13:55
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 14:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/66762
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