Fictions within fictions

Philosophical Studies 146 (3):379 - 398 (2009)
This paper examines the logic of fictions within fictions. I argue that consistently nested consistent fictions must have certain formal characteristics. The most important is that they form a tree structure. Depending on one’s theory of fictional objects, additional constraints may apply regarding the appearance of a fictional object in two or more fictional universes. The background motivation for the paper is to use iterated fiction operators as a tool for making sense of iterated modal operators; I conclude by noting briefly where the results about nested fictions can, and where they cannot, be extended to nested possible worlds.
Keywords Nested fictions  Fictional characters  Iterated modality  Possible worlds
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DOI 10.2307/40542377
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Saul Kripke (2010). Naming and Necessity. In Darragh Byrne & Max Kölbel (eds.), Philosophy. Routledge 431-433.
David Lewis (1978). Truth in Fiction. American Philosophical Quarterly 15 (1):37--46.

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