How can a literary work of fiction, which is by definition non-factual, convey knowledge?
In class, our group discussed whether a literary work of fiction can convey knowledge. I think fiction, which is non-factual can convey knowledge. For example, fairy-tales are passed down by generations and they all contain morals, which teach children to do what is right and to not do what is wrong. Stories are one of the most important ways to knowing, although they are non-factual , they all cary a message or lesson from experience to teach us. However, some works of fiction tend to contain biased knowledge and inaccurate. In class, Mr MacKnight came up with a good example of a fictional story about murders and psychopaths. The readers can potentially gain knowledge in this area and become a psychopath or a murderer, so in a sense works of fiction can be classified as a way of conveying knowledge.