Where Not to Look For Fictional Objects


fictional names
fictional objects
abstract objects
realists/irrealists about fictional objects
intra-fictional sentences
extra-fictional sentences


DOI: https://doi.org/10.26333/sts.xxxvi1.06

Philosophers discuss whether we should commit ourselves to fictional objects or not. There is a test—quite widespread among philosophers—to settle the matter: if fictional objects are required to give an adequate semantic/pragmatic analysis of either intra-fictional or extra-fictional sentences, then we are committed to them; if we can account for this analysis without them, we are not so committed. I am going to consider this test and I will claim that on its own it cannot be considered a definitive test.



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