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Organon F

Volume 28, February 2021, Issue 1, Pages 44–59

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article | Special issue on Names and Fictions

Fictional Names: Reference, Definiteness and Ontology

Mark Sainsbury

https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28103

Abstract

Definite linguistic expressions, for example proper names and singular and plural pronouns, are easy to introduce. Indefinite expressions may pave the way, but are not essential. It is also not essential that there be entities to which the successfully introduced definites refer. This is the underlying fact that makes fiction possible, and it gives guidance about fictional names: we have no need in general to suppose that there exist entities to which they refer.

Keywords

Fiction, discourse representation theory, ontology.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Mark Sainsbury 

Affiliation

University of Texas at Austin

Address

Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, 2210 Speedway, Stop C3500 WAG 316, Austin, Texas 78712-1737

E-mail

marksainsbury@austin.utexas.edu

About this article

Received

26 February 2020

Accepted

18 June 2020

Published online

28 February 2021

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

APA

Sainsbury, M. (2021). Fictional Names: Reference, Definiteness and Ontology. Organon F28(1), 44–59. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28103

Chicago

Sainsbury, Mark. 2021. "Fictional Names: Reference, Definiteness and Ontology." Organon F 28 (1): 44–59. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28103

Harvard

Sainsbury, M.  (2021). Fictional Names: Reference, Definiteness and Ontology. Organon F, 28(1), pp. 44–59. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28103

Copyright information

© Mark Sainsbury

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