Some artistic narratives are a source of valuable and bona fide philosophical
insights. Some narrative artwork may even confirm the claims they advance.
Sometimes engaging with artistic narratives puts us in a position to gain
personal insights. In many cases our dealings with well-crafted narrative
works of art—of various literary, dramatic, and musical kinds—enables
us to achieve these philosophical and personal goods by tapping into, directing,
and educating our emotions and, sometimes, our higher-order capacities
for reflecting on our emotions. All of this can be so even though it is
true—as many philosophers have been at pains to advertise—that certain
fictionalizing tendencies that arise when thinking of our lives in overly literary
ways, presents serious risks and dangers.