Philosophical Studies

, Volume 135, Issue 1, pp 17–25 | Cite as

On Noël Carroll on narrative closure

  • Susan L. Feagin


This paper examines various claims by Noël Carroll about narrative closure and its relationship to narrative connections, which are, roughly, causal connections generously conceived to include necessary conditions for sufficient conditions for an effect. I propose supplementing the expanded notion of a cause with Michael Bratman’s notion of a psychological connection to account for the particular role that human agents play in narratives. A novel and a film are used as examples to illustrate how the concept of a psychological connection eliminates the need for Carroll's condition that narratives must be globally forward-looking.


Narrative Closure Agency Cause 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PhilosophyTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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