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Worlds Are Colliding! Explaining the Fictional in Terms of the Real

Andrew Kania
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 135, No. 1, Proceedings of the Thirty-Seventh Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy: Aesthetics (Aug., 2007), pp. 65-71
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40208795
Page Count: 7
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Worlds Are Colliding! Explaining the Fictional in Terms of the Real
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Abstract

I discuss Gregory Currie's taxonomy of explanations of the fictional. On the one hand, there is an important kind of relation between internal and external explanations of some fictional truths that Currie leaves out, where both are salient and yet in a relation of harmony with each other. On the other hand, I do not see that he has established that there is a genuine relation of tension between some pairs of internal and external explanations, and thus I question the usefulness of the category of collapse. I also consider a further kind of explanation: the exterior explanation.

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