Fictional Names and Literary Characters: A Defence of Abstractism

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Published 24-05-2016
Eleonora Orlando

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.

How to Cite

Orlando, E. (2016). Fictional Names and Literary Characters: A Defence of Abstractism. THEORIA, 31(2), 143–158. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.15193
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Keywords

FICTIONAL NAMES, LITERARY CHARACTERS, ABSTRACTISM

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