How Ficta Follow Fiction

A Syncretistic Account of Fictional Entities

  • Alberto┬áVoltolini

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 105)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. The Metaphysical Side

  3. The Semantic Side

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-126
    2. Pages 187-220
  4. The Ontological Side

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 247-273

About this book


This book presents a novel theory of fictional entities which is syncretistic insofar as it 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 fictional entity is constructed by imagining the existence of an individual with certain properties and adding a set-theoretical element consisting of the set of properties corresponding to the properties of the imagined entity.

Moreover, the book advances a new combined semantic and ontological defence of the existence of fictional entities.


Fiction Fictional discourse Fictional entities Metaphysics Ontology knowledge

Authors and affiliations

  • Alberto┬áVoltolini
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Modena and Reggio EmiliaItaly

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