Fictions and Reality

Philosophy 63 (245):363 - 371 (1988)
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Abstract

A literary text or fiction, while making use of the referential or descriptive resources of our ordinary language, nevertheless does not make use of them in a referential or a descriptive manner. Reference may indeed seem to be made to persons or circumstances or events, in the sense that such things are mentioned in the literary text and may even be linked together by it into some kind of a story. Reference is not made to them, in the sense that these persons or circumstances or events have no existence in the actual world in which the text is written or read, or else that it is irrelevant to the nature of the text as a piece of literature if they do have such an existence

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Troubles with Fiction.Denis E. B. Pollard - 1990 - Philosophy 65 (251):95 - 98.

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