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The Metaphysical Implications of Campanella's Notion of Fiction

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


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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.

Creators: Giglioni, Guido (0000-0003-1844-2002) and
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Subjects: Culture, Language & Literature
Divisions: Warburg Institute
  • 2012 (published)


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