The Power of Fiction
Q&A Radio: 12 July 2015, Question 2
I answered a question on the power of fiction on 12 July 2015. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Why does fiction arouse such a powerful emotional response? Why are people moved emotionally by literature and movies, even though they know that they're fictional? Shouldn't people respond emotionally only to real events, not products of imagination? Is there a rational basis for our emotional response to fiction?
My Answer, In Brief: People should respond emotionally to products of the imagination — that has major survival value — and fiction is just the result of that capacity taken to the extreme.
- Duration: 20:16
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