Dr. Niall Connolly (Trinity College Dublin), « Is there a non-exotic semantics of talk about fiction? », 26/04, UGent

Date: Friday, 26 April 2013
Time: 16.00h-17.15h
Room ‘leslokaal 2’, basement, Blandijnberg 2
B-9000 Ghent, Belgium

Is there a plausible semantics of discourse about fiction that does
without exotica: dependent abstract entities, Meinongian non-existent
objects and the like?  And if not – if we need to posit exotica – which
species of exotica should we posit?  In the first part of this paper I
examine alleged truths allegedly ?about fictional entities?. I conclude
that the only examples that plausibly are literally true are negative
statements, including negative existential statements, and statements of
relations, including intentional relations.  In the second part of the
paper I examine the suggestion that the logic of talk about fiction is a
Free Logic; Mark Sainsbury?s development of this suggestion in Reference
Without Referents is the main focus of this examination. I conclude that
this suggestion is not ultimately defensible.  The final section of the
paper develops an account of non-existent intentional objects as bare
particulars that facilitates a defensible (in the light of the
conclusions drawn in the first two sections) semantics of talk about

dr. Giuseppe Primiero Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science Ghent
University www.philosophy.ugent.be/giuseppeprimiero


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