Philosophy Compass 2 (2):141–156 (2007)

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Stacie Friend
Birkbeck College
Abstract
If there are no fictional characters, how do we explain thought and discourse apparently about them? If there are, what are they like? A growing number of philosophers claim that fictional characters are abstract objects akin to novels or plots. They argue that postulating characters provides the most straightforward explanation of our literary practices as well as a uniform account of discourse and thought about fiction. Anti-realists counter that postulation is neither necessary nor straightforward, and that the invocation of pretense provides a better account of the same phenomena. I outline and assess these competing theories
Keywords Fictional characters  Fictional realism  Pretense theory
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DOI 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2007.00059.x
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