Fictionalism about Fictional Characters
Brock (Stuart)
Source: Nous, Vol. 36, No. 1. (Mar., 2002), pp. 1-21
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    According to realists about fictional characters, 'Scarlett O'Hara,' 'Charlie Brown,' 'Batman,' 'Superman,' 'Tweedledum' and 'Tweedledee' are not denotationless terms, but names that really refer. What is truly surprising about this situation is that almost no one has inveighed against this unfortunate realist tendency. My aim here is to challenge this new orthodoxy, and to defend an antirealist position against the arguments proffered by the realist (edited).
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    Explores the realist and anti-realist position on fictional characters.
    … Realism about fictional characters;
    … Kinds of statement that make reference to fictional characters;
    Fictionalism1 about fictional characters;
    … Interpretation of negative existential claims.

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