Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith

Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith

Author: Nathaniel Goldberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000164114

Category: Philosophy

Page: 196

View: 587

Download Now
This book addresses how our revisionary practices account for relations between texts and how they are read. It offers an overarching philosophy of revision concerning works of fiction, fact, and faith, revealing unexpected insights about the philosophy of language, the metaphysics of fact and fiction, and the history and philosophy of science and religion. Using the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien as exemplars, the authors introduce a fundamental distinction between the purely physical and the linguistic aspects of texts. They then demonstrate how two competing theories of reference—descriptivism and referentialism—are instead constitutive of a single semantic account needed to explain all kinds of revision. The authors also propose their own metaphysical foundations of fiction and fact. The next part of the book brings the authors’ philosophy of revision into dialogue with Thomas Kuhn’s famous analysis of factual, and specifically scientific, change. It also discusses a complex episode in the history of paleontology, demonstrating how scientific and popular texts can diverge over time. Finally, the authors expand their philosophy of revision to religious texts, arguing that, rather than being distinct, such texts are always read as other kinds, that faith tends to be more important as evidence for religious texts than for others, and that the latter explains why religious communities tend to have remarkable historical longevity. Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith offers a unique and comprehensive account of the philosophy of revision. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and advanced students working in philosophy of language, metaphysics, philosophy of literature, literary theory and criticism, and history and philosophy of science and religion.
Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith
Language: en
Pages: 196
Authors: Nathaniel Goldberg, Chris Gavaler
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-07-01 - Publisher: Routledge

This book addresses how our revisionary practices account for relations between texts and how they are read. It offers an overarching philosophy of revision concerning works of fiction, fact, and faith, revealing unexpected insights about the philosophy of language, the metaphysics of fact and fiction, and the history and philosophy
The Indexical Point of View
Language: en
Pages: 184
Authors: Vojislav Bozickovic
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-23 - Publisher: Routledge

This book argues that there is a common cognitive mechanism underlying all indexical thoughts, in spite of their seeming diversity. Indexical thoughts are mental representations, such as beliefs and desires. They represent items from a thinker's point of view or her cognitive perspective. We typically express them by means of
The Comics Form
Language: en
Pages: 248
Authors: Chris Gavaler
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-06-16 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Answering foundational questions like "what is a comic" and "how do comics work" in original and imaginative ways, this book adapts established, formalist approaches to explaining the experience of reading comics. Taking stock of a multitude of case studies and examples, The Comics Form demonstrates that any object can be
Concepts in Thought, Action, and Emotion
Language: en
Pages: 316
Authors: Christoph Demmerling, Dirk Schröder
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-12-30 - Publisher: Routledge

In recent years, the idea of a concept has become increasingly central to different areas of philosophy. This collection of original essays presents philosophical perspectives on the link between concepts and language, concepts and experience, concepts and know-how, and concepts and emotion. The essays span a variety of interrelated philosophical
Caring for Liberalism
Language: en
Pages: 306
Authors: Asha Bhandary, Amy R. Baehr
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-12-30 - Publisher: Routledge

Caring for Liberalism brings together chapters that explore how liberal political theory, in its many guises, might be modified or transformed to take the fact of dependency on board. In addressing the place of care in liberalism, this collection advances the idea that care ethics can help respond to legitimate