Literature as a mode of representing reality: Fiction, truth, and moral philosophy

Kuusela, Oskari ORCID: (2022) Literature as a mode of representing reality: Fiction, truth, and moral philosophy. Ermeneutica Letteraria, XVIII. pp. 13-21. ISSN 1827-8957

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This article raises problems for Martha Nussbaum’s account of the relevance of literary fiction for moral thought and moral philosophy, relating to the issue of how literary fiction, given its fictional character, can express truths about the actual world, and how it can be used to articulate and/or lend support to general philosophical views. A related problem concerns the way in which moral philosophical uses of literature, as Nussbaum conceives them, hide the point of view of the philosopher who employs literature for moral philosophical purposes. I argue that these problems can be solved by means of a Wittgensteinian account of the use of literature as a mode of representation that is compared with actual reality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: literary fiction,ethics,truth,nussbaum,wittgenstein
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 10:30
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 03:39
DOI: 10.19272/202208001002

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