The concept of fictional truth is indeed paradoxical and/or contradictory, however, this doesn't mean that it does not exist. It is a concept tackled by many, but recognized by only some.
Gregory Currie, a Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham wrote a paper about the evaluation and interpretation of fictional truth in literary works (1985-New Zealand). He describes fictional truth in the notion of how truth can be derived from fictional works.
Dimitria Electra Gatzia, an assistant professor of Philosophy at the University of Akron is in progress of writing a paper about the concept of fictional truth, using Currie's claims:
"Anyone who has read Pride and Prejudice would agree that Mr. Darcy asks Elizabeth to marry him. The statement ‘Mr. Darcy proposes to Elisabeth’ is thus true in Jane Austen’s story. The relevant passages in the book confirm this. It is a simple matter to apply the notion of truth to fictional statements. It is not so simple, however, to explain what makes something fictionally true. Is something true, for example, if it is not stated explicitly in the story? The best way to settle this question is to attempt to give truth conditions for statements of the form ‘In F, P’. Currie (1986) offers a set of necessary and sufficient conditions for statements of this form. His account is motivated by the fact that to “say that P is fictionally true is just to say that it is part of some story F, that P” (p. 196). In “Truth and Inference in Fiction”, Phillips (1997) argues that Currie’s (1986) account of fictional truth is inadequate because it requires that we posit a fictional author. He then proposes an account of fictional truth that resembles Currie’s but which does not require positing a fictional author. We agree with Phillips that Currie’s proposal is problematic, but argue that Phillips’ is too. We then propose another variation of Currie’s account that avoids the problems his own version faces and which fares better than Phillips’.""It is a simple matter to apply the notion of truth to fictional statements." This sentence defines applying truth to fiction.
Now, obviously, being a fifteen-year old student in High School, I am not as accountable or reliable as someone like Gatzia, who holds a PhD degree. Albeit I do render my own opinions, they are reinforced by more accountable sources.
Therefore, in my poem Truth/from/a/Teen, I stated in the first stanza:
Truth/using fact and fiction.One can find truth using fiction. It's just one of those things that is said easier, than done.
In my perception, the concept of fictional truth is an allegory of how one can not reach perfection- and that even the truth, can be derived from the lie.
It was pointed out to me by the person this post was dedicated to, that indeed, I failed to describe in detail my OWN opinion. I left a comment back to the person in the comments section, but I decided it needed to be posted in the post itself. Here it is:
"...I do appreciate your remarks, as they made me realize that in fact- I did not fully describe MY OWN opinion. You are most definitely right.
A main reason I didn't state my opinion first as a matter of fact was because my senses were telling me that no one would believe me. That's why I relied on more accountable sources. Yet, my voice was hidden by the majority of them.
The last sentence of your comment is something I should say: I wish I had time to write more. In the last sentence of my blog, I state my opinion. However, I fail to describe it [in detail].
At first, I used to fail to reinforce my opinions using sources, and with this post, I failed to describe MY opinion. You have made me realize that I need to balance these out.
With that said, here is MY opinion DESCRIBED IN DETAIL, about fictional truth:
Fictional truth can exist, but only in literary terms. This means, that fictional truth may not exist in actions, but in words. It is yet another aspect that makes words unique. In order to show HOW it exists, one can only give examples. In my case, I derive the truth from lies/fictional work. For example, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is a piece of fictional work, but I can find an aspect of truth from it. The truth is Lennie is killed by George. This is fictional truth, because it is the truth derived from a work of fiction.
Fiction, in essence, does not mean fake. The term fiction in my context, is what it truly means- a literary work using imagination.
Also, fact is not the same thing as truth, although similar. Truth is a fact that can be verified. Verified by what? Fact can be verified by fact OR fiction. And how? Using words.
Fictional truth proves that contradiction and paradox, allows one to realize that perfection is out of reach, because even the FACT, relies on fiction..."
You tell me.
-That's the TFAT