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The Nonexistent

Anthony Everett


This book argues for an anti-realist view of fictional objects. More precisely it develops and defends a pretense-theoretic account of our talk and thought that purports to be about such things. On this approach there are no such things as fictional objects and our talk and thought that purports to be about them take place within the scope of a pretense. Nevertheless we may mistakenly suppose there are fictional objects because we mistake the fact that certain utterances count as true within the pretense, and convey veridical information about the real world, for the genuine truth of those utt ... More

Keywords: fictional objects, fiction, existence, pretense, imagination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199674794
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674794.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Everett, author
University of Bristol