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The Metaphysical Implications of Campanella's Notion of Fiction


Campanella’s notion of fiction (fabula) hinges upon a multilayered view of reality based on a series of ontological divisions : ens rationis divinae, ens reale, ens rationis, ens irrationalitatis and non ens. They identify levels of being that span the full range of reality, from a minimum to a maximum degree (an ontological spectrum that in Campanella’s philosophy is closely connected to the Telesian criterion of self-preservation). According to Campanella, any human foray into the territories of ‘being of reason’, ‘being of unreason’ and even ‘non being’ is always balanced by a natural ‘return’ to being and reality. This article intends to contextualise Campanella’s views on fiction within the broader framework of his metaphysics.

Giglioni, Guido (2012) The Metaphysical Implications of Campanella's Notion of Fiction. Bruniana & Campanelliana, XVIII (1). pp. 31-41. ISSN 1724-0441


Item Type: Article
Subjects: Culture, Language & Literature
Classics
Philosophy
Divisions: Warburg Institute
Collections: Warburg Institute staff papers
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URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/4862
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