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    Reference in fiction

    Friend, Stacie (2020) Reference in fiction. Disputatio 11 (54), pp. 179-206. ISSN 0873-626X. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Most discussions of proper names in fiction concern the names of fictional characters, such as ‘Clarissa Dalloway’ or ‘Lilliput.’ Less attention has been paid to referring names in fiction, such as ‘Napoleon’ (in Tolstoy’s War and Peace) or ‘London’ (in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four). This is because many philosophers simply assume that such names are unproblematic; they refer in the usual way to their ordinary referents. The alternative position, dubbed Exceptionalism by Manuel García-Carpintero, maintains that referring names make a distinctive semantic contribution in fiction. In this paper I offer a positive argument for Non-Exceptionalism, relying on the claim that works of both fiction and non-fiction can express the same singular propositions. I go on to defend my account against García-Carpintero’s objections.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): reference, fiction, proper names, fictional discourse, singular thought
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Stacie Friend
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2020 14:34
    Last Modified: 01 Aug 2020 04:14
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/27238

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