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Michael Jubien

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199232789.001.0001

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Fictional Names

Fictional Names

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Michael Jubien

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199232789.003.0006

This chapter examines the integral aspects of empty names, particularly ‘names of fictional characters’, and their two principal facts. The first fact states that fictional names convey k-essences much like non-empty names; the difference is that fictional names function ‘within the story’, as if they had actual bearers in that particular work of fiction. The second is that the fictional k-essences have a distinct element that separates them from those of the nonempty names. The first part of the chapter discusses this k-essence property and the so-called fictional stance, wherein the reader assumes that the fictional events are true despite being aware that it is not. Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely is presented as a case study for a more thorough understanding of the necessary existence and nonexistence of fictional entities.

Keywords:   empty names, k-essences, fictional entities, necessary existence, necessary nonexistence

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