By Alberto Voltolini
This e-book offers a unique conception of fictional entities that is syncretistic insofar because it integrates the paintings of prior authors. It places ahead a brand new metaphysical belief of the character of those entities, in keeping with which a fictional entity is a compound entity equipped up from either a make-believe theoretical aspect and a collection theoretical point. the fictitious entity is developed through imagining the life of somebody with sure houses and including a set-theoretical point such as the set of houses similar to the houses of the imagined entity.
Moreover, the e-book advances a brand new mixed semantic and ontological defence of the lifestyles of fictional entities.
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This is something Meinong would have agreed with. But Neo-Meinongians go beyond him in that they conceive of Meinongian objects—hence also fictional entities—as abstract entities, sets and types in the case in point. This makes Meinongian objects no longer außerseiende beings, as Meinong had maintained, but really existing beings. In Meinong’s own terms, abstract entities actually subsist; that is they really exist but in a nonspatiotemporal way. In Meinong’s favor, one could say that this conception of Meinongian objects is inadequate, above all as far as ficta are concerned.
But Neo-Meinongians go beyond him in that they conceive of Meinongian objects—hence also fictional entities—as abstract entities, sets and types in the case in point. This makes Meinongian objects no longer außerseiende beings, as Meinong had maintained, but really existing beings. In Meinong’s own terms, abstract entities actually subsist; that is they really exist but in a nonspatiotemporal way. In Meinong’s favor, one could say that this conception of Meinongian objects is inadequate, above all as far as ficta are concerned.
In this reply, it is not the case that Meinongian 52 Cf. Meinong (1972: 176), Parsons (1978, 1980). In Voltolini (2001: 498–500), I recall some of the traditional difficulties affecting the search for such a criterion. See also Reicher (2005: 177–84). 53 The Committal Theories (I) 25 objects possess properties of two kinds, the nuclear and the extranuclear. There is just one kind of property that they, like any other individual, possess. But there are two modes in which properties of one and the same kind can be predicated of individuals, Meinongian or not.