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    STUDIA PHILOSOPHIA - Issue no. 1 / 2020  

Authors:  MIHAI RUSU.
DOI: 10.24193/subbphil.2020.1.03

Published Online: 2020-02-10
Published Print: 2020-04-30
pp. 39-52

The main aim of this paper is to provide a critical discussion of some key issues concerning the possible-world analysis of fiction. After a review of the most important philosophical questions concerning truth, reference, names and identity, and their bearing on fiction, I outline the possible-world framework, as used by David Lewis (1978) in his analysis, and examine its most important problems. A special interest is granted to the limits of the Lewisian pretense interpretation of fiction that are highlighted by works of cinema. I conclude with an appraisal of the puzzles generated by the attempts to draw borders between and within the worlds of fiction, and emphasize the need for a better mutual understanding of the two perspectives that are essential for a possible-world interpretation of fiction: literary theory and philosophy.

Keywords: possible worlds, modal logic, modal metaphysics, fiction, David Lewis, Thomas Pavel.
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