The Nonexistent

2014.08.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Anthony Everett, The Nonexistent, Oxford University Press, 2013, 246pp. $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199674794. Reviewed by Nikk
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2014.08.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Anthony Everett, The Nonexistent, Oxford University Press, 2013, 246pp. $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199674794. Reviewed by Nikk Effingham, University of Birmingham Anthony Everett has written a book-length defence of there being no fictional things; e.g., there is no such thing as Sherlock Holmes. This attack on fictional realism breaks into two parts. The first (chapters 2-5) gives a pretense based theory of how we should understand fictional talk. The second (chapter 6-8) is a straight out attack on fictional realism, with arguments both undermining the motivations for fictional realism as well as directly against it. Everett’s treatment is (unsurprisingly) thorough, well-thought out, and points towards interesting directions in the debate. This review will primarily focus on the second part, but I’ll provide a brief précis of the first. After the introductory chapter, Everett lays out his own understanding of. . .

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