The reality of fiction : an inquiry into the ontology and logic of fiction (thesis)
This paper will begin by outlining and explaining David Lewis's argument for the existence of possible worlds. In Lewis's extreme form of modal realism, all worlds are equally as real as the actual world. I will then address his particular uses of language in relation to his argument. I will then suggest improvements to Lewis's view on possible worlds and will apply the plurality of worlds hypothesis to fictional characters, forming an argument which will provide an ontology for fictional entities. The theory of modal realism I will present will allow for a logical manner of discussion concerning counterfactuals and possibilities in fictional works. I further examine the pragmatic uses of such a system and then respond to objections. [From the Introduction]
Thesis; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Kristin Michele Adams is a member of the Class of 2011 of Washington and Lee University.Find our library print holdings at: http://annie.wlu.edu/record=b1781783.
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