Abstract Creationism and Authorial Intention

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (2):129-137 (2016)
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Abstract creationism about fictional characters is the view that fictional characters are abstract objects that authors create. I defend this view against criticisms from Stuart Brock that hitherto have not been adequately countered. The discussion sheds light on how the number of fictional characters depends on authorial intention. I conclude also that we should change how we think intentions are connected to artifacts more generally, both abstract and concrete.

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David Friedell
Union College


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