The Real Foundation of Fictional Worlds

  title={The Real Foundation of Fictional Worlds},
  author={Stacie Friend},
  journal={Australasian Journal of Philosophy},
  pages={29 - 42}
  • Stacie Friend
  • Published 2 January 2017
  • Philosophy, Art
  • Australasian Journal of Philosophy
ABSTRACT I argue that judgments of what is ‘true in a fiction’ presuppose the Reality Assumption: the assumption that everything that is (really) true is fictionally the case, unless excluded by the work. By contrast with the more familiar Reality Principle, the Reality Assumption is not a rule for inferring implied content from what is explicit. Instead, it provides an array of real-world truths that can be used in such inferences. I claim that the Reality Assumption is essential to our… 
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