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Artistic Verisimilitude (I)

J. P. Daya1

a1 University of Keele.

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.

(Online publication September 1962)