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Artistic Verisimilitude (I)

  • J. P. Day (a1)

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Some affirm, but others deny, that works of fine art, or at any rate certain sorts of them, should be true (T) or probable (P). This is the question which I investigate in the present essay. It has been debated by philosophers from Plato on, and much can still be learnt from earlier writers, particularly Aristotle. But I have found some recent discussions especially helpful; namely, what Strawson and Hart say about and in connexion with presupposition; Hospers' and Harris' remarks about truth-to and plausibility respectively; and Beardsley's treatment of these matters in his admirable survey of the problems of aesthetics.

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(B)Beardsley, M. C., Aesthetics (New York, 1958).
(C)Bradley, A. C., Shakespearean Tragedy, (Mac Millan, London, 1957).
(T)Mill, J. S., Thoughts on Poetry and its Varieties; Dissertations and Discussions, Vol. 1 (London, 1859).

Artistic Verisimilitude (I)

  • J. P. Day (a1)

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