Emotion in the Appreciation of Fiction

  title={Emotion in the Appreciation of Fiction},
  author={{\'I}ngrid Vendrell Ferran},
  journal={Journal of Literary Theory},
  pages={204 - 223}
Abstract Why is it that we respond emotionally to plays, movies, and novels and feel moved by characters and situations that we know do not exist? This question, which constitutes the kernel of the debate on »the paradox of fiction«, speaks to the perennial themes of philosophy, and remains of interest to this day. But does this question entail a paradox? A significant group of analytic philosophers have indeed thought so. Since the publication of Colin Radford’s celebrated paper »How Can We Be… CONTINUE READING

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