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Truth in fiction, impossible worlds, and belief revision

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Christopher Badura, Francesco Berto

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Abstract

We present a theory of truth in fiction that improves on Lewis's [1978] ‘Analysis 2’ in two ways. First, we expand Lewis's possible worlds apparatus by adding non-normal or impossible worlds. Second, we model truth in fiction as (make-believed) belief revision via ideas from dynamic epistemic logic. We explain the major objections raised against Lewis's original view and show that our theory overcomes them.

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalAustralasian Journal of Philosophy
VolumeLatest Articles
Early online date27 Feb 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Feb 2018

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  • Impossible worlds, Inconsistent fiction, Sylvan's box, Truth in fiction, Belief revision

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