How Ficta Follow Fiction

How Ficta Follow Fiction

A Syncretistic Account of Fictional Entities
Philosophical Studies Series, Band 105

von: Alberto Voltolini

171,19 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 22.11.2006
ISBN/EAN: 9781402051470
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 280

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This book presents a novel theory of fictional entities which integrates the work of previous authors. It puts forward a new metaphysical conception of the nature of these entities, according to which a fictional entity is a compound entity built up from both a make-believe theoretical element and a set-theoretical element. The author advances a new combined semantic and ontological defence of the existence of fictional entities.
This book is devoted to fictional entities or, to be more precise, fictional entities as they emerge from the literary process of storytelling. They encompass the great immortal figures in human literature—Don Quixote, Faust, Sherlock Holmes and so on—as well as the protagonists of single novels such as Anna Karenina, Emma Woodhouse and Emma Bovary and even the unknown characters in the oral tradition of storytelling developed by small communities of people for their own entertainment. This is p- sumably how Achilles, Penelope and Ulysses originated. We must also include among these figures mythological characters such as Apollo, Odin and Zeus, regardless of the fact that they were originally thought to be supernatural beings rather than fictional individuals. The subject of this book is not new, which may make it seem less appe- ing to a prospective reader—just one more book on fictional entities. Yet I would argue that this apparent drawback is fundamental to the purpose of the book, which is to present a syncretistic doctrine of fictional entities. In other words, it is a theory which firmly acknowledges that the various other theories already developed on this subject have great merits. Their main flaw, however, is not that they are wrong but, rather, that they are inc- plete. Accordingly, they are not to be put to one side; instead, they need to be integrated into a single theory that aims both to maintain their positive results and to overcome their defects.
The Metaphysical Side.- The Committal Theories (I).- The Committal Theories (II).- The Syncretistic Theory.- Further Developments of the Syncretistic Theory.- The Semantic Side.- The Noncommittal Theories.- The Syncretistic Theory.- The Ontological Side.- An Ontological Argument in Favor of the Existence of Fictional Entities.

A new metaphysics for fictional entities
A genuine ontological argument for fictional entities
An original treatment of fictional discourse
A syncretistic theory

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