Fictional Objects

Hardcover | June 24, 2015

EditorStuart Brock, Anthony Everett

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Eleven original essays discuss a range of puzzling philosophical questions about fictional characters, and more generally about fictional objects. For example, they ask questions like the following: Do they really exist? What would fictional objects be like if they existed? Do they existeternally? Are they created? Who by? When and how? Can they be destroyed? If so, how? Are they abstract or concrete? Are they actual? Are they complete objects? Are they possible objects? How many fictional objects are there? What are their identity conditions? What kinds of attitudes can we havetowards them? This volume will be a landmark in the philosophical debate about fictional objects, and will influence higher-level debates within metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language.

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Eleven original essays discuss a range of puzzling philosophical questions about fictional characters, and more generally about fictional objects. For example, they ask questions like the following: Do they really exist? What would fictional objects be like if they existed? Do they existeternally? Are they created? Who by? When and how...

Stuart Brock is a Reader and Associate Professor in the Philosophy Programme at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He has been Head of the Philosophy Programme, Deputy Head of School, and Dean of Students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on fiction, f...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.97 inPublished:June 24, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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STUART BROCK AND ANTHONY EVERETT: Introduction1. WILLIAM G. LYCAN: A Reconsidered Defense of Haecceitism Regarding Fictional Individuals2. ROBERT HOWELL: Objects of Fiction and Objects of Thought3. DAVID BRAUN: Wondering About Witches4. NATHAN SALMON: The Philosopher's Stone and Other Mythical Objects5. ALBERTO VOLTOLINI: A Suitable Metaphysics for Fictional Entities: Why One Has to Run Syncretistically6. FREDERICK KROON: Creationism and the Problem of Indiscernible Fictional Objects7. BEN CAPLAN AND CATHLEEN MULLER: Brutal Identity8. SARAH SAWYER: The Importance of Fictional Properties9. STUART BROCK: Fictionalism, Fictional Characters, and Fictional Inference10. AMIE L. THOMASSON: Fictional Discourse and Fictionalisms11. ANTHONY EVERETT AND TIMOTHY SCHROEDER: Ideas for StoriesIndex