Workshop - Is there a Philosophy of Fiction?

On the Fiction/Non-fiction Distinction

November 23-24, 2015

Workshop Abstract

The recent publication of Derek Matravers’s Fiction and Narrative (OUP, 2014) has called into question many accepted tenets of the recent Philosophy of Fiction.

The questions raised include: whether there is a fiction/non-fiction distinction; whether traditional attempts to draw such a distinction track any interesting differences in the ways in which narratives are produced and/or consumed?; whether there are distinctive philosophical questions about fiction as opposed to narrative more generally; whether there is any interesting connection between fiction and the imagination; whether all narrative works have worlds, like the fictional worlds of novels and stories.


Monday 23rd November

Venue: Main University Building, Hall I

  • 10.30: Welcome
  • 10.30-11.00: Derek Matravers – Precis of Fiction and Narrative.
  • 11.00-12.00: Ken Walton

12.00-13.15: Lunch (Café Alma)

  • 13.15-14.15: Kathleen Stock
  • 13.45-14.15: Discussion

14.15-14.45: Coffee

  • 14.45-15.30: Enrico Terrone
  • 15.30-16.15: Christian Folde & Nathan Wildman

Tuesday 24th November

Venue: Main University Building, Hall XI

  • 10.00-11.00: Elisabeth Schellekens
  • 11.15-12.00: Ed Winters

12.00-13.15: Lunch (Café Alma)

  • 13.15-14.15: David Davies
  • 13.45-14.15: Discussion

14.15-14.45: Coffee

  • 14.45-16.00: Derek Matravers: round-up & final discussion

Programme in PDF

About the Workshop

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Uppsala is hosting a 2-day workshop on these themes, centred on the Matravers’ Fiction and Narrative. The workshop will include panel discussions, commentaries and open sessions.


Participants include

David Davies, McGill University

Derek Matavers, Open University & Cambridge University

Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann, Uppsala University

Kathleen Stock, University of Sussex

Kendall Walton, University of Michigan & Stanford University