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Fiction and Metaphysics

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  • This challenging study places fiction squarely at the center of the discussion of metaphysics. Philosophers have traditionally treated fiction as involving a set of narrow problems in logic or the philosophy of language. By contrast Amie Thomasson argues that fiction has far-reaching implications for central problems of metaphysics. The book develops an "artifactual" theory of fiction, whereby fictional characters are abstract artifacts as ordinary as laws or symphonies or works of literature. In taking seriously the work of literary scholars and in citing a wide range of literary examples, this book will interest not only philosophers concerned with metaphysics and the philosophy of language, but also those in literary theory interested in these foundational issues.

    • Not just for students of metaphysics - the book contains plenty of literary examples and will interest literary scholars
    • Connects the problem of how to understand fictional characters to the general problem of understanding social and cultural objects (e.g. works of art, inventions, computer programs, etc.)
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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511836497
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: from fiction into metaphysics
    Part I. The Artifactual Theory of Fiction: Foreword
    1. If we postulated fictional objects, what would they be?
    2. The nature and varieties of existential dependence
    3. Fictional characters as abstract artifacts
    4. Reference to fictional characters
    5. Identity conditions for fictional characters
    Part II. Ontological Decisions: Foreword
    6. Fiction and experience
    7. Fiction and language
    8. Ontology and categorization
    9. The perils of false parsimony
    10. An ontology for a varied world

  • Author

    Amie L. Thomasson, Texas Tech University

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