In Defence of Fictional Realism (B. Schnieder & T. v. Solodkoff)

Philosophical Quarterly 59 (2009), 138–49.

Abstract: Anthony Everett recently argued that fictional realism (the view that because fictions exist, fictional characters exist as well) leads to inconsistency generated by phenomena of indeterminacy and inconsistency in fiction. We examine in detail his arguments against fictional realism, and present a version of fictional realism which can withstand those arguments.