Recent philosophy and the fiction/non-fiction distinction

Matravers, Derek (2018). Recent philosophy and the fiction/non-fiction distinction. Collection and Curation, 37(2) pp. 93–96.



Purpose - The purpose of this paper is 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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