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- DescriptionThis challenging study places fiction squarely at the centre of the discussion of metaphysics. Philosophers have traditionally treated fiction as involving a set of narrow problems in logic or the philosophy of language. By contrast Amie Thomasson argues that fiction has far-reaching implications for central problems of metaphysics. The book develops an 'artifactual' theory of fiction, whereby fictional characters are abstract artifacts as ordinary as laws or symphonies or works of literature. By understanding fictional characters we come to understand how other cultural and social objects are established on the basis of the independent physical world and the mental states of human beings.
- Author(s)Amie L. Thomasson
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication13/11/1998
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Philosophy
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note9 b/w illus.
- Weight390 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Series Edited byErnest Sosa,Jonathan Dancy,John Haldane,Gilbert Harman,Frank Jackson,William G. Lycan,Sydney Shoemaker,Judith Jarvis Thomson
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