Knowledge from Fiction

Greg Currie and Anna Ichino

Abstract: Philosophers and critics have said that literary fictions are valuable sources of knowledge. It is often often unclear from these expositions what sort of knowledge is in question, or how these claims are to be tested. Empirical research has thrown up some suggestive results which we consider. We focus, eventually, on the idea that fiction provides rational pathways to belief via testimony and other trust-based methods.We emphasize the role of external, environmental factors in characterizing the content of fictive communication.

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