What Fictive Narrative Philosophy Can Tell Us: Stories, Cases, and Thought Experiments

Michael Boylan


This essay will discuss some of the ways that narrative works to promote philosophy, called fictive narrative philosophy. The strategy is to discuss the ways that direct and indirect discourse work and to show why indirect discourse fills an important void that direct discourse cannot fulfill. In the course of this examination several famous narrative-based philosophers are examined such as Plato, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, Murdoch, Johnson, and Camus. These practitioners used the indirect method to make plausible to readers the vision that they were presenting. This article also offers some constraints in this process.


Plato; fiction; fictive narrative philosophy; thought experiments; ethical cases

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22370/rhv.2013.2.94

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