Thinking about fiction

A blog about fiction and imagination, from a philosopher

 

"If one loves stories, then one would naturally love the story of the story" Lorrie Moore

Moonlighting

Moonlighting

No, not David and Maddie, silly; just an explanation of why things have been a bit quiet here lately (or at least, before my Woody Allen post from last week got posted on Reddit and got 15K views... I'm fairly sure I've now peaked).  Anyway, the reason is,  I've been writing for other blogs, all over the place. Here's a round up.

First, here's a week long symposium held at scholarly blog The Junkyard, focusing on my book Only Imagine, with really stimulating critical contributions from Margherita Arcangeli, Patrik Engisch, Tobias Klauk, Niels Klenner, and Julia Langkau; and responses from me.

Second, here's a post of mine over at the Oxford University Press academic blog, called 'The plot thins'. It's against what's sometimes called 'the Principle of Minimal Departure', arguing that it's wrong to assume, as many philosophers do, that what's 'true in a fiction' includes what's true in the actual world, unless otherwise stated. (This is a theme I defend at greater length in my book).

Finally, here's a short accessible summary of what I'm up to in my book, and specifically about how looking at fiction can tell us about the imagination, and vice versa. This time, it's for Imperfect Cognitions, the blog associated with Project PERFECT. Project PERFECT is directed by Professor Lisa Bortolotti at the University of Birmingham, and focuses on epistemic issues around erroneous cognitions and thoughts.

 

Image credit: Joseph Wright (1779) Virgil's Tomb by Moonlight, with Silius Italicus Declaiming. Metropolitan Museum.

Imaginative resistance and the Woody Allen problem

Imaginative resistance and the Woody Allen problem