Download the full-sized PDF of Holy Intertextual Identity Conditions, Batman!Download the full-sized PDF



Permanent link (DOI):


Export to: EndNote  |  Zotero  |  Mendeley


This file is in the following communities:

Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of


This file is in the following collections:

Theses and Dissertations

Holy Intertextual Identity Conditions, Batman! Open Access


Other title
intertextual identity conditions
fictional characters
Type of item
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Dobozy, Peter
Supervisor and department
Linsky, Bernard (Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Schmitter, Amy (Philosophy)
Braz, Albert (Interdisciplinary Studies)
Linsky, Bernard (Philosophy)
Corkum, Phil (Philosophy)
Department of Philosophy

Date accepted
Graduation date
Master of Arts
Degree level
Fictional characters pose interesting questions both to metaphysics and philosophy of language. We appear to have two incompatible intuitions about fictional characters: 1) fictional characters are created and 2) fictional characters are nonexistent. To say something is created is to say that it exists. However, to say that fictional characters are nonexistent, suggests that they are not created. Various theories attempt to explain the ontological status of fictional characters based on one of these intuitions. Once a theory is adopted, a subsequent concern is how that theory might identify individual fictional characters. I investigate two such proposals that are based on our second intuition. I argue that these attempts are uncharitably criticized because they have not been fully developed. I develop these attempts further to show how they can withstand previous criticisms. However, in doing so, I expose other problems faced by these attempts that appears to genuinely lead to their demise.
Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
Citation for previous publication

File Details

Date Uploaded
Date Modified
Audit Status
Audits have not yet been run on this file.
File format: pdf (Portable Document Format)
Mime type: application/pdf
File size: 541936
Last modified: 2015:10:12 15:34:17-06:00
Filename: Dobozy_Peter_Fall 2010.pdf
Original checksum: 21fb215c454ac6eff6d717a90ff4d881
Well formed: false
Valid: false
Status message: Invalid page tree node offset=437292
Status message: Unexpected error in findFonts java.lang.ClassCastException: edu.harvard.hul.ois.jhove.module.pdf.PdfSimpleObject cannot be cast to edu.harvard.hul.ois.jhove.module.pdf.PdfDictionary offset=513973
Status message: Invalid Annotation list offset=513973
Status message: Outlines contain recursive references.
File title: PrefatoryX
Activity of users you follow
User Activity Date