The cognitive value of fiction

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23 March 2023




Brendan Larvor

Enquire Add to Calendar The cognitive value of fiction 2023-03-23 18:00 2023-03-23-19:30 36 Uni of Herts YYYY MM DD 18:00

Speaker: Dr Stacie Friend

Philosophical discussions of the cognitive value(s) of fictional literature typically presuppose that the search is for a distinctive contribution to cognition. For this reason, the relevance of truth or accuracy construed as what makes non-fiction valuable is typically dismissed. I argue that this is a mistake, illustrating the argument by considering one cognitive value often attributed to fictional literature: psychological insight.


de Havilland Campus, Room W128