A New Approach to the Paradox of Fiction

  • Pete Faulconbridge
Keywords: philosophy, paradox, fiction, walton


It seems that an intuitive characterization of our emotional engagement with fiction contains a paradox, which has been labelled the ‘Paradox of Fiction’. Using insights into the nature of mental content
gained from the disjunctive theory of perception I propose a novel solution to the Paradox, explained and motivated by reference to Kendall Walton’s influential account of fictionality. Using this insight I suggest that we can take the phenomenology of fictional engagement seriously in a way not allowed by Walton.

How to Cite
Faulconbridge, P. (2011). A New Approach to the Paradox of Fiction. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 4(1), 91-101. Retrieved from https://openjournals.bsu.edu/stance/article/view/1795