The Metaphysical Side.- The Committal Theories (I).- The Committal Theories (II).- The Syncretistic Theory.- Further Developments of the Syncretistic Theory.- The Semantic Side.- The Noncommittal Theories.- The Syncretistic Theory.- The Ontological Side.- An Ontological Argument in Favor of the Existence of Fictional Entities.
This book presents a novel theory of fictional entities which integrates the work of previous authors. It puts forward a new metaphysical conception of the nature of these entities, according to which a fictional entity is a compound entity built up from both a make-believe theoretical element and a set-theoretical element. The author advances a new combined semantic and ontological defence of the existence of fictional entities.
A new metaphysics for fictional entities
A genuine ontological argument for fictional entities
An original treatment of fictional discourse
A syncretistic theory