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Fictional Names and Literary Characters: A Defence of Abstractism

Orlando, Eleonora (2016) Fictional Names and Literary Characters: A Defence of Abstractism. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 31 (2). pp. 143-158. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

This paper is focused on the abstractist theory of fiction, namely, the semantic theory according to which fictional names refer to abstract entities. Two semantic problems that arise in relation to that position are analysed: the first is the problem of accounting for the intuitive truth of typically fictive uses of statements containing fictional names; the second is the one of explaining some problematic metafictive uses, in particular, the use of intuitively true negative existentials.


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Orlando, Eleonoraorlando.eleo@gmail.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: fictional names; literary characters; abstractism
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 19:47
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 19:47
Item ID: 12177
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.15193
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: May 2016
Page Range: pp. 143-158
Volume: 31
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12177

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