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Patchwork Puzzles and the Nature of Fiction

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author EngischPatrik,
Project The Normative Relations between Fiction, Imagination, and Appreciation
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Estetika
Volume (Issue) 56(1)
Page(s) 28 - 47
Title of proceedings Estetika

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Kathleen Stock has recently argued that Gregory Currie’s account of fiction is beset by two patchwork puzzles. According to the first, Currie’s account entails that works of fiction end up being implausible heterogenous complexes of utterances that furnish a fictional world and utterances that aim at representing the actual world. According to the second, competent engagement with a fiction can implausibly result in switching from one mental attitude to another – namely, belief and make-belief. In this paper, I argue for two main claims. First, that a few alterations to Currie’s account make it immune to Stock’s puzzles. And, second, that such a modified account presents clear advantages over the alternative one offered by Stock.