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Anthony Everett gives a philosophical defence of the common-sense view that there are no such things as fictional people, places, and things. He argues that our talk and thought about such fictional objects takes place within the scope of a pretense, and that we gain little but lose much by accepting fictional realism.

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this book is abundant with complex and subtle arguments against fictional realism (Maria E. Reicher, Philosophical Quarterly)

the issues it covers are interesting and the discussion erudite . . . it is an obvious must read for anyone working in fiction. It will also prove useful - and importantly accessible - to someone less involved in the literature of that area. So philosophers of language and metaphysicians, more broadly, should also be interested in reading this book as worked example of more general issues that they face. (Nikk Effingham, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

Everetts fine book deserves great consideration (Alberto Voltolini, Dialectica)

This book makes a valuable contribution to the debate between realists and anti-realists about fictional objects. (Catharine Abell, British Journal of Aesthetics)

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Anthony Everett is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Bristol, having obtained his PhD from Stanford University in 2000. He works in the philosophy of language, and related areas in the philosophy of mind, philosophical logic, metaphysics, and aesthetics.

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