The Realistic Fallacy, or: The Conception of Literary Narrative Fiction in Analytic Aesthetics

  • Jukka Mikkonen University of Tampere, Department of History and Philosophy
Keywords: analytic aesthetics, fiction

Abstract

In this paper, my aim is to show that in Anglo-American analytic aesthetics, the conception of narrative fiction is in general realistic and that it derives from philosophical theories of fiction-making, the act of producing works of literary narrative fiction. I shall firstly broadly show the origins of the problem and illustrate how the so-called realistic fallacy – the view which maintains that fictions consist of propositions which represent the fictional world “as it is” – is committed through the history of philosophical approaches to literature in the analytic tradition. Secondly, I shall show how the fallacy that derives from the 20th Century philosophy of language manifests itself in contemporary analytic aesthetics, using Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen’s influential and well-known Gricean make-believe theory of fiction as an example. Finally, I shall sketch how the prevailing Gricean make-believe theories should be modified in order to reach the literary-fictive use of language and to cover fictions broader than Doyle’s stories and works alike.

Author Biography

Jukka Mikkonen, University of Tampere, Department of History and Philosophy
Researcher, Department of History and Philosophy, University of Tampere

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Published
2009-03-23
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Mikkonen, J. (2009). The Realistic Fallacy, or: The Conception of Literary Narrative Fiction in Analytic Aesthetics. Studia Philosophica Estonica, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.12697/spe.2009.2.1.01
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