By Stuart Brock, Anthony Everett
11 unique essays talk about various confusing philosophical questions on fictional characters, and extra regularly approximately fictional items. for instance, they ask questions just like the following: Do they truly exist? What could fictional gadgets be like in the event that they existed? Do they exist forever? Are they created? Who via? while and the way? Can they be destroyed? if this is the case, how? Are they summary or concrete? Are they real? Are they entire items? Are they attainable items? what number fictional gadgets are there? What are their identification stipulations? What different types of attitudes do we have in the direction of them? This quantity should be a landmark within the philosophical debate approximately fictional gadgets, and should impact higher-level debates inside metaphysics, the philosophy of brain, and the philosophy of language.
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Might she instead of being a landlady have gone into service in a great household, or become a poet, or emigrated to New Zealand and run a lucrative dairy farm? Every actual working woman is such that she (metaphysically) might have pursued a different occupation, so doubtless the same is true of Mrs Hudson. So it seems we must award her an haecceity of some sort; we must grant that there is a property of being N, where N is a proper name of our imaginary foster daughter, that persists from world to world despite variation of all her ordinary features.
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But in Lecture 3 he takes it back, realizing that not every use of a fictional name is safely impacted within the fiction. ) (ii) Accordingly, such sentences do not yield to a ‘story operator’ approach. Such things cannot (except metaphorically) be said of real flesh-and-blood people; no more can they be said of fictional flesh-and-blood people. Gonzago, the victim in the play-within-the-play, is not a character in Hamlet, but only in The Murder of Gonzago (which play is itself a character in Hamlet but only that).