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date: 17 January 2021

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This article begins with a brief exposition of a theory that has been presented in various publications. Then it describes two other non-Meinongian theories of the ontology of fiction, those of Nicholas Wolterstorff and Amie Thomasson. Wolterstorff and Thomasson's theories are, in a sense, in substantial agreement with this article's; they differ from this one in being much more specific about the metaphysical nature of fictional characters. A non-Meinongian theory of fiction (that is, a theory of fiction that allows only one sort of existential quantifier) must answer questions such as: How are we to deal with the fact (or is it a fact?) that when fictional discourse is translated into the quantifier-variable idiom, it can be seen to imply that fictional characters like Tom Sawyer and Mr Pickwick are or have being, that they exist?

Keywords: existence, non-Meinongian theories, ontology of fiction, fictional characters, existential quantifier, ontological commitments

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