Fictional Names and Fictional Characters
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Philosophy Undergraduate Research Theses; 2017
Saul Kripke has argued that fictional characters actually exist. Fictional characters, though, are abstract entities that exist in virtue of the activities of people (and a fictional character is not actually a live person). I will discuss Kripke’s ontology of fictional characters and his view about how we talk about names from fiction. I will then present Nathan Salmon’s objections to Kripke’s view, as well as his alternative view about names from fiction. I will then argue that there is no reason to prefer Salmon’s view about names from fiction to Kripke’s view.
Academic Major: Philosophy