Fiction and Fictionalism
By (author) R. M. Sainsbury
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Fiction and Fictionalism by R. M. Sainsbury
Book DescriptionAre fictional characters such as Sherlock Holmes real? What can fiction tell us about the nature of truth and reality? In this excellent introduction to the problem of fictionalism R. M. Sainsbury covers the following key topics: * what is fiction? * realism about fictional objects, including the arguments that fictional objects are real but non-existent; real but non-factual; real but non-concrete * the relationship between fictional characters and non-actual worlds * fictional entities as abstract artefacts * fiction and intentionality and the problem of irrealism * fictionalism about possible worlds * moral fictionalism. R. M. Sainsbury makes extensive use of examples from fiction, such as Sherlock Holmes, Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary and examines the work of philosophers who have made significant contributions to the topic, including Meinong, David Lewis, and Bas Van Fraassen. Additional features include chapter summaries, annotated further reading and a glossary of technical terms, making Fiction and Fictionalism ideal for those coming to the issue for the first time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415774352
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Aug-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author R. M. Sainsbury
Seven Puzzles of Thought, Hardback (February 2012)
Sainsbury and Tye present a new theory, 'originalism', which provides natural, simple solutions to puzzles about thought that have troubled philosophers for centuries. They argue that concepts are to be individuated by their origin, rather than epistemically or semantically. Although thought is special, no special mystery attaches to its nature.
Fiction and Fictionalism, Hardback (August 2009)
Are fictional characters such as Sherlock Holmes real? What can fiction tell us about the nature of truth and reality? Offering an introduction to the problem of fictionalism, this book covers the topics such as realism about fictional objects, including the arguments that fictional objects are real but non-existent.
Paradoxes, Paperback (February 2009)View all books by R. M. Sainsbury
This intriguing book is not only an explanation of paradoxes but also an excellent introduction to philosophical thinking.
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Author Biography - R. M. Sainsbury
Mark Sainsbury, University fo Texas, Austin, USA
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