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Michael Jubien

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199232789.001.0001

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Fictional Names

Fictional Names

(p.158) (p.159) 6 Fictional Names

Michael Jubien

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the integral aspects of empty names, particularly ‘names of fictional characters’, and their two principal facts. The first fact states that fictional names convey k-essences much like non-empty names; the difference is that fictional names function ‘within the story’, as if they had actual bearers in that particular work of fiction. The second is that the fictional k-essences have a distinct element that separates them from those of the nonempty names. The first part of the chapter discusses this k-essence property and the so-called fictional stance, wherein the reader assumes that the fictional events are true despite being aware that it is not. Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely is presented as a case study for a more thorough understanding of the necessary existence and nonexistence of fictional entities.

Keywords:   empty names, k-essences, fictional entities, necessary existence, necessary nonexistence

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