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Anti-Realism about Fictional Names at Work: A New Theory for Metafictional Sentences

In: Organon F, vol. 28, no. 1
Louis Rouillé

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Year, pages: 2021, 223 - 252
Language: eng
Keywords:
Anti-realism; fiction; fictional terms; free logic; metafic- tional statements; reference.
Article type: Research Article
About article:
In this article, I contribute to ongoing debates about the status of fictional names. The main debate in the philosophy of language focuses on whether fictional names should be thought of as non-referring terms (this is anti-realism) or referring terms (this is realism). This debate corresponds to a debate in metaphysics about the ontological status of fictional characters: the anti-realist claim that fictional characters do not exist while the realist say that they do exist in some sense. Although anti-realism is pre-theoretically intuitive, it has been challenged by a powerful argument in favour of realism based on so-called “metafictional” uses of fictional terms. This argument puts a lot of pressure on the anti-realist, for they have to come up with a theory of metafictional sentences which is in keep- ing with the anti-realist central tenet. I show that the existing anti-realist account of metafictional statements is wrong-headed. I thus propose a new one. In doing so, I hope to free the anti-realist from the realist pressure. However, I do not offer any argument against realism. Consequently, I merely claim that anti-realism be a live option. My modest proposal will, perhaps, make anti-realism more attractive than it is today among philosophers of language.
How to cite:
ISO 690:
Rouillé, L. 2021. Anti-Realism about Fictional Names at Work: A New Theory for Metafictional Sentences. In Organon F, vol. 28, no.1, pp. 223-252. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28110

APA:
Rouillé, L. (2021). Anti-Realism about Fictional Names at Work: A New Theory for Metafictional Sentences. Organon F, 28(1), 223-252. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28110
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Publisher: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Published: 28. 1. 2021
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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC 4.0)