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Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation, and Imagination

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2018.05.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kathleen Stock, Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation, and Imagination, Oxford University Press, 2017, 222 pp., $60.00, ISBN 9780198798347. Reviewed by Jonathan Gilmore, City University of New York A fundamental question in the philosophy of art is the nature of fictional content. Readers typically determine with ease what states of affairs hold in ordinary make-believe stories. But what makes those things "fictionally true"? And what principles govern our discovery of that content? Kathleen Stock develops a theory of "extreme intentionalism," the idea that what goes on in a fictional representation is supplied solely by what its author intended its reader to imagine. As Stock acknowledges, this sort of view generates strong opposition among philosophers of art and almost knee-jerk dismissal among literary critics. But her rigorous defense of the theory, properly reconstructed, and her demonstration of its. . .

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