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The Alethic Status of Contradictions in Fictional Discourse

In: Organon F, vol. 31, no. 1
Vladimir Vujošević
Rok, strany: 2024, 60 - 89
Jazyk: eng
Kľúčové slová:
Truth in fiction; contradiction; the law of non-contradic- tion; “Sylvan’s Box.
Typ článku: Research Article
O článku:
Whether contradictions could be “true in fiction” has become an unavoidable topic in the debates on the bounds of fictionality. This paper claims that genuine contradictions in fiction are far more infrequent phenomena than is usually claimed. The majority of cases that have been put forward as examples of contradictory fictions can be convincingly understood either as instances of rhetorical pseudo-contradictions or (in the case of the so-called “forking-path“ narratives) as disjunctions of possible outcomes rather than contradictory conjunctions of simultaneously enacted exclusive scenarios. The only philosophically interesting category of contradictory fiction would be the one in which a single “root” contradiction is explicitly affirmed as the central element of the story (in the third-person, authoritative narrative voice). The paradigmatic example would be the revised version of Graham Priest’s “Sylvan’s Box” this paper presents. However, it could be argued that the problem with such narratives is that they unsuccessfully attempt to perceptually code what remains exclusively propositional content. They are, thus, fatally under-described, and the truth of the contradictory proposition fails to be adequately established in fiction. The idea that one can posit contradictions as fictional facts is based on oversimplified notions of narrative conventions and truth in fiction.
Ako citovať:
ISO 690:
Vujošević, V. 2024. The Alethic Status of Contradictions in Fictional Discourse. In Organon F, vol. 31, no.1, pp. 60-89. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2024.31104

Vujošević, V. (2024). The Alethic Status of Contradictions in Fictional Discourse. Organon F, 31(1), 60-89. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2024.31104
O vydaní:
Vydavateľ: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Publikované: 29. 2. 2024
Verejná licencia:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC 4.0)