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Organon F

Volume 28, February 2021, Issue 1, Pages 107–134

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

Research Article | Special issue on Names and Fictions

Fictional Names and Fictional Concepts: A Moderate Fictionalist Account

Eleonora Orlando



The main thesis I want to defend in this essay is that a fictional name refers to an individual concept, understood as a mental file that stores information, in the form of different descriptive concepts, about a purported individual. Given there is no material particular a fictional name could be referring to, it will be construed as referring to the concept of a particular, with which many descriptive concepts are associated, in the context of the set of thoughts constitutive of a fictional narrative. A fictional narrative will be thus characterised as a conceptual world, namely, a set of sentence-types semantically correlated with a set of thought-types.


Fictional name; fictional narrative; fictionalism; fictive, parafictive and metafictive uses; mental file; singular thought.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Eleonora Orlando 


University of Buenos Aires


Bulnes 642 - CP: 1176 Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina



About this article


3 March 2020


10 November 2020

Published online

28 February 2021


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Orlando, E. (2021). Fictional Names and Fictional Concepts: A Moderate Fictionalist Account. Organon F, 28(1), 107–134. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28106


Orlando, Eleonora. 2021. "Fictional Names and Fictional Concepts: A Moderate Fictionalist Account." Organon F 28 (1): 107–134. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28106


Orlando, E. (2021). Fictional Names and Fictional Concepts: A Moderate Fictionalist Account. Organon F, 28(1), pp. 107–134. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28106

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© Eleonora Orlando

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