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


  • Michael Boylan Department of Philosophy, Marymount University




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


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.

Author Biography

Michael Boylan, Department of Philosophy, Marymount University

Michael Boylan has 26 published books and more than 120 published articles. He has lectured in eleven countries and has been the subject of a book of critical essays by 14 authors from 8 countries, edited by German Philosopher, John-Stewart Gordon, Morality and Justice: Reading Boylan’s A Just Society (2009). Boylan was also the focus of a dissertation, Darmstadt, Germany (2006), and a key figure in another Oxford, UK (2009). Boylan’s most recent publications are Philosophy: An Innovative Introduction – Fictive narrative, Primary texts and Responsive Writing with Charles Johnson (2010) and Morality and Global Justice: Justifications and Applications (2011). He also was editor of The Morality and Global Justice Reader (2011). Boylan was a fellow at the Center for American Progress (2007-2009) and is a lifetime fellow of the British Arts Trust, Reigate-Surrey.



How to Cite

Boylan, M. (2013). What Fictive Narrative Philosophy Can Tell Us: Stories, Cases, and Thought Experiments. Revista De Humanidades De Valparaíso, (2), 61–68. https://doi.org/10.22370/rhv2013iss2pp61-68




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