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    Fiction and emotion: the puzzle of divergent norms

    Friend, Stacie (2020) Fiction and emotion: the puzzle of divergent norms. British Journal of Aesthetics , ISSN 0007-0904. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    A familiar question in the literature on emotional responses to fiction, originally put forward by Colin Radford, is how such responses can be rational. How can we make sense of pitying Anna Karenina when we know there is no such person? In this paper I argue that contrary to the usual interpretation, the question of rationality has nothing to do with the Paradox of Fiction. Instead, the real problem is why there is a divergence in our normative assessments of emotions in different contexts. I argue that explaining this divergence requires a more nuanced account of the rationality of emotion than has previously been proposed. One advantage of my proposal over alternatives is that it helps to explain one way we can learn emotionally from fiction and imagination.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication following peer review. The version of record is available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Fiction, emotion, Colin Radford, paradox of fiction, rationality of emotion
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Stacie Friend
    Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 13:41
    Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 18:57
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/31062

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