Abstract artifacts in pretence

Sawyer, Sarah (2002) Abstract artifacts in pretence. Philosophical Papers, 31 (2). pp. 183-198. ISSN 0556-8641

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Abstract

In this paper I criticise a recent account of fictional discourse proposed by Nathan Salmon. Salmon invokes abstract artifacts as the referents of fictional names in both object- and meta-fictional discourse alike. He then invokes a theory of pretence to forge the requisite connection between object-fictional sentences and meta-fictional sentences, in virtue of which the latter can be assigned appropriate truth-values. I argue that Salmon's account of pretence renders his appeal to abstract artifacts as the referents of fictional names in object-fictional discourse explanatorily redundant. I further argue that his account is therefore no improvement over those he criticises, thus leaving his own account unmotivated.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Sarah Sawyer
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:20
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2012 10:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20170
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