[SydPhil] MQ Philosophy Seminar on Tuesday the 6th of March in Moot Court Room: Ammon Allred (Toledo)

Michael Olson michael.olson at mq.edu.au
Thu Mar 1 09:35:45 AEDT 2018

Islands of Sense in the Open World

Ammon Allred (University of Toledo)

Date: Tuesday, 6th of March
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: Moot Court Room, W3A (6 First Walk) 328 *
All welcome

*Note the changing venues this semester

Abstract: I explore some issues in aesthetics related to discourse about fictional worlds in order to develop an open-ended approach to talking about worlds. My purpose is to indirectly defend the the plausibility of fictionalism as an ontological position by showing an alternative  which can be taken as reason to reject fictionalism, particularly the normative constraint on consistency as a key necessary architectural principle of fictional worlds. I begin by looking at some examples of popular companies related to fictional canons, particularly as a feature of world that are taken to be the same across multiple works of fiction, often by multiple authors. The questions that I identify lead me to examine what I call palimpsestic worlds, worlds taken to be layered on top of other worlds. I develop a concept of islands of sense.  Parts of fictional worlds that are particularly well filled out, but that are also open-ended. I end with a brief example to show how these concepts could be informative for understanding forms of discourse that we do not necessarily take to be fictional, such as legal discourse.

Contact: Adam Hochman (adam.hochman at mq.edu.au<mailto:adam.hochman at mq.edu.au>) or Mike Olson (michael.olson at mq.edu.au<mailto:michael.olson at mq.edu.au>)

A google calendar with details of other events in this series is available here<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/SYLCCr8DLRt6pk49h7W7C9?domain=michael-olson.com>.


Dr Michael Olson
Lecturer, Modern European Philosophy

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