This essay explains why creationism about fictional characters is an abject failure. Creationism about fictional characters is the view that fictional objects are created by the authors of the novels in which they first appear. This essay shows that, when the details of creationism are filled in, the hypothesis becomes far more puzzling than the linguistic data it is used to explain. No matter how the creationist identifies where, when and how fictional objects are created, the proposal conflicts with other strong intuitions we have about fictional characters.
Stuart Brock; The Creationist Fiction: The Case against Creationism About Fictional Characters. The Philosophical Review 1 July 2010; 119 (3): 337–364. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00318108-2010-003
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