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How to be a Nominalist and a Fictional Realist

Ross P. Cameron

in Art and Abstract Objects

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199691494
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746277 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691494.003.0009
How to be a Nominalist and a Fictional Realist

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The fictional monster Cthulhu was created by H.P. Lovecraft. Therefore there is some thing, Cthulhu, that Lovecraft created. Cthulhu is a fictional being, so there are fictional beings. You can’t kick a fictional being, so they are abstract. Thankfully, all of this is compatible with a sparse nominalistic ontology. What is important for the nominalist is that a world of concreta suffices to ground all truths, and fictional beings have their grounds in concrete acts of interpretation. Or so this chapter will argue. Along the way it will deal with indeterminate identity of fictional characters, as well as making some general remarks about metaontology

Keywords: fictional realism; truth in fiction; nominalism; fundamentality; truthmaking; indeterminate identity

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Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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