Metaphysica 10 (1):27-48 (2009)

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Alberto Voltolini
Università degli Studi di Torino
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Creationism with respect to fictional entities, i.e., the position according to which ficta are creations of human practices, has recently become the most popular realist account of fictional entities. For it allows one to hold that there are fictional entities while simultaneously giving such entities a respectable metaphysical status, that of abstract artifacts. In this paper, I will draw what are the ontological and semantical consequences of this position, or at least of all its forms that are genuinely creationist. For some people, these consequences will sound as plagues against the position; for some others, especially realists on ficta, they are welcome results. Although I hold that all forms of genuine creationism have these consequences, I will conclude by explaining why I take moderate creationism, according to which ficta are created by means of a reflexive stance on the make-believe practice grounding them, to be the best of these forms
Keywords Creationism  Fictional entities  Make-believe  Pseudoindividuals  Stories  Storytelling  Worlds
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DOI 10.1007/s12133-008-0038-7
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