Once upon a Time: Essays in the Philosophy of Literature // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

Kivy claims that authors of fictional literature — along with journalists, historians, and physicians, among others — are part of Western society’s “knowledge-justification infrastructure” (53). Members of this infrastructure “are institutionally certified as reliable truth-tellers, ceteris paribus” (53). If correct, this would substantiate the claim that authors are sources of reliable testimony. To argue for this claim, Kivy again turns to history. Since the time of Plato, fictional literature has been taken to be a source of knowledge by the folk. Yet even if this point is granted, the folk do not put novelists in the same camp as journalists and historians with respect to society’s knowledge-justification infrastructure. Kivy does say a bit about genre limiting which of a novel’s statements we are justified in believing true, but he does not spend much time developing this line of thought.
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