Philosophical Writings 41 (1):32-46 (2013)

Authors
David Sackris
Arapahoe Community College
Abstract
In this paper I seek defend the view that fictional characters are author-created abstract entities against objections offered by Stuart Brock in his paper “The Creationist Fiction: The Case against Creationism about Fictional Characters.” I argue that his objections fall far short of his goal of showing that if philosophers want to believe in fictional characters as abstract objects, they should not view them as author-created. My defense of creationism in fiction in part rests on tying the act of creating a fictional character more closely to the act of story-telling. Ultimately I aim to show that the creation of abstract entities is not as problem-laden as some may think, and that such a view is coherent.
Keywords philosophy of language  fictional characters  fictional names
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Nonexistent Objects.Terence Parsons - 1980 - Yale University Press.
Nonexistence.Nathan Salmon - 1998 - Noûs 32 (3):277-319.
Creatures of Fiction.Peter van Inwagen - 1977 - American Philosophical Quarterly 14 (4):299 - 308.
The Logical Status of Fictional Discourse.John R. Searle - 1975 - New Literary History 6 (2):319--32.

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Abstract Creationism and Authorial Intention.David Friedell - 2016 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (2):129-137.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Speaking of Fictional Characters.Amie L. Thomasson - 2003 - Dialectica 57 (2):205–223.
A Defense of Creationism in Fiction.Jeffrey Goodman - 2004 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 67 (1):131-155.
Fictional Characters and Literary Practices.Amie L. Thomasson - 2003 - British Journal of Aesthetics 43 (2):138-157.
Pretense, Existence, and Fictional Objects.Anthony Everett - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (1):56–80.
Fictional Objects.Gerald Vision - 1980 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 11 (1):45-59.
The Great Beetle Debate: A Study in Imagining with Names.Stacie Friend - 2011 - Philosophical Studies 153 (2):183-211.
How to Be a Nominalist and a Fictional Realist.Ross P. Cameron - 2013 - In Christy Mag Uidhir (ed.), Art and Abstract Objects. Oxford University Press. pp. 179.
In Defence of Fictional Realism.Benjamin Schnieder & Tatjana von Solodkoff - 2009 - Philosophical Quarterly 59 (234):138-149.
Could Sherlock Holmes Have Existed?Hanoch Ben-Yami - 2010 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 10 (3):175-181.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-08-05

Total views
238 ( #40,615 of 2,445,942 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
13 ( #52,251 of 2,445,942 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes