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    Defending Explosive Universal Fictions
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 78 (2): 238-242. 2020.
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    No Trouble with Poetic Licence: a reply to Xhignesse
    British Journal of Aesthetics 58 (3): 319-326. 2018.
    Recently, Xhignesse has argued that the principle of poetic licence, which roughly states that any class of propositions is true in some possible fiction, ought to be rejected. Here, we defend PPL from Xhignesse’s objection by demonstrating that, properly understood, his purported counter-example case is either irrelevant or unproblematic. The upshot is that Xhignesse has given us no reason to reject PPL.
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    Non-Fictional Narrators in Fictional Narratives
    British Journal of Aesthetics 57 (4): 389-405. 2017.
    This paper is about non-fictional objects in fictions and their role as narrators. Two central claims are advanced. In part 1 it is argued that non-fictional objects such as you and me can be part of fictions. This commonsensical idea is elaborated and defended against objections. Building on it, it is argued in part 2 that non-fictional objects can be characters and narrators in fictional narratives. As a consequence, three fundamental and popular claims concerning narrators are rejected. In pa…Read more
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    Grounding Interpretation
    British Journal of Aesthetics 55 (3): 361-374. 2015.
    In this paper I examine the relationship between interpreting a fiction and specifying its content. The former plays a major role in literary studies; the latter is of central concern in the philosophical debate on truth in fiction. After elucidating these activities, I argue that they do not coincide but have interesting interdependencies. In particular, I argue that correct interpretations are metaphysically grounded in fictional content. I discuss this claim in detail and show why it is not i…Read more
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    Fiction Unlimited
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 75 (1): 73-80. 2017.
    We offer an original argument for the existence of universal fictions—that is, fictions within which every possible proposition is true. Specifically, we detail a trio of such fictions, along with an easy-to-follow recipe for generating more. After exploring several consequences and dismissing some objections, we conclude that fiction, unlike reality, is unlimited when it comes to truth.