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Only Imagine By Kathleen Stock (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sussex)

Only Imagine
by Kathleen Stock (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sussex)

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Only Imagine offers a new theory of fictional content. Kathleen Stock argues for a controversial view known as 'extreme intentionalism'; the idea that the content of a particular work of fiction is equivalent to exactly what the author of the work intended the reader to imagine.
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Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination by Kathleen Stock (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sussex)

Only Imagine offers a theory of fictional content or, as it is sometimes known, 'fictional truth'. The theory of fictional content Kathleen Stock argues for is known as 'extreme intentionalism'; the idea that the fictional content of a particular work is equivalent to exactly what the author of the work intended the reader to imagine. Historically, this sort of view has been highly unpopular. Literary theorists and philosophers alike have poured scorn upon it. The first half of this book attempts to argue that it should in fact be taken very seriously as an adequate account of fictional truth: better, in fact, than many of its more popular rivals. The second half explores various explanatory benefits of extreme intentionalism for other issues in the philosophy of fiction and imagination. Namely, can fiction give us reliable knowledge? Why do we 'resist' imagining certain fictions? What, in fact, is a fiction? And, how should the imagination be characterised?

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For its breadth, systematic argument, and deliberate ground-up reconstruction of its concepts of imagination and truth-in-fiction, Stock's book should be read by anyone concerned with what determines the contents of stories. * Jonathan Gilmore, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *

About Kathleen Stock (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sussex)


Kathleen Stock was educated at Oxford University and did graduate work at St. Andrews and Leeds. After working at Lancaster and U.E.A. she took up the position of Reader at the University of Sussex, where she has been since 2013. Stock works primarily in the philosophy of fiction, art, and imagination, with occasional forays into research on sexual objectification.

Table of Contents


Introduction 1: Extreme intentionalism about fictional content 2: Intentionalist strategies of interpretation 3: Extreme intentionalism and its rivals 4: Fiction, belief, and 'imaginative resistance' 5: The nature of fiction 6: Back to the imagination Conclusion

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Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination by Kathleen Stock (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sussex)
Kathleen Stock (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sussex)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2019-09-26
240
0198849761
9780198849766
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