The Importance of Fictional Properties

In Stuart Brock & Anthony Everett (eds.), Fictional Objects. Oxford, UK: pp. 208-229 (2015)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Semantic theories of fictional names generally presuppose, either explicitly or implicitly, that fictional predicates are guaranteed a referent. I argue that this presupposition is inconsistent with anti-realist theories of fictional characters and that it cannot be taken for granted by realist theories of fictional characters. The question of whether a fictional name refers to a fictional character cannot be addressed independently of the much-neglected question of whether a fictional predicate refers to a fictional property.

Author's Profile

Sarah Sawyer
University of Sussex

Analytics

Added to PP
2020-04-23

Downloads
200 (#39,181)

6 months
32 (#34,246)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?