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Truth in Fiction: Rethinking its Logic

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2018.09.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Woods, Truth in Fiction: Rethinking its Logic, Springer, 2018, 239pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9783319726571. Reviewed by Manuel García-Carpintero, University of Barcelona In this book, John Woods comes back to issues he addressed in his groundbreaking The Logic of Fiction (1975), from a novel "naturalist" perspective. The main problem the book confronts is "fiction's (alleged) systemic and untroubling inconsistency" (188). This supposed inconsistency is established "by a large body of empirically discernible data of material relevance to the facts of lived literary experience of its readers and writers" (189), which makes manifest to "Everyone who has ever thought about the stories people read . . . that what they read is true in the stories and false in the world" (191). These crisp formulations come from the final pages, but the book is peppered with similar claims. The reader might object that... . . .

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