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Author Crittenden, Charles, author

Title Unreality : the Metaphysics of Fictional Objects / Charles Crittenden
Published Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2019]
©1991
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Contents Frontmatter -- CONTENTS -- PREFACE -- I. REFERENCE AND NONEXISTENCE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY -- 2. REFERENCE AND FICTION -- 3. THE UNREALITY OF FICTIONS -- 4. FICTIONAL DISCOURSE -- 5. ALTERNATIVE REFERENTIAL THEORIES OF FICTION -- 6. REAL THINGS IN FICTION, LOGICAL COMPLETENESS, AND OTHER FORMS OF REPRESENTATION -- 7. IS EVERYTHING FICTITIOUS? Is -- INDEX
Summary Charles Crittenden here offers an original solution to one of the traditional dilemmas of philosophy-whether there can be any thing not existing, since to say that some thing does not exist seems to presuppose its existence. Drawing on the tools of Wittgensteinian philosophy and speech act theory, Crittenden argues that we can and often do make reference to unreal objects such as fictional characters, though they do not exist in any sense at all
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Subject Fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Nonexistent objects (Philosophy) in literature.
Fiction.
Nonexistent objects (Philosophy) in literature.
PHILOSOPHY -- Metaphysics.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1501733877
9781501733871