Would this paper exist if I hadn’t written it?

Philosophical Studies 172 (11):3059-3080 (2015)

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Samuel Lebens
University of Haifa
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This paper wants to know whether it would exist, or could exist, in worlds in which I didn't write it. Before we can answer this question, we first of all have to inquire as to what, exactly, this paper is. After exploring two forms of Platonism, and a theory that defines literary works in terms of events, I shall argue that the term ‘this paper’ is actually infected with ambiguity. Does this paper need me? It depends upon what you mean by ‘this paper’. I lay out the options for what you might mean, and answer the question for each of the options
Keywords Ontology  Art  Literature
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