[SydPhil] Notification: Catharine Abell @ Wed 12 Dec 2018 15:00 - 16:30 (AEDT) (Current Projects)

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Title: Catharine  Abell
"Fictional Entities".

I argue that fictional entities exist and that authors create them simply  
by making fictive utterances with certain features. I draw on recent  
research in social ontology to identify their existence conditions and to  
explain their nature. I argue that fictional entities are abstracta.  
Nevertheless, the complete metaphysical grounds for facts about their  
existence are limited to facts about authors’ intentions, the syntactic and  
semantic features of their utterances, and audiences’ ability to identify  
certain of those intentions. We ascribe two different kinds of properties  
to fictional entities: internal properties (those authors ascribe to them  
by their fictive utterances) and external properties (those ascribed in  
discourse about fiction). Although fictional entities are not the kinds of  
things that can have most of the internal properties ascribed to them, I  
argue that fictive utterances create an intensional context, and so are not  
to be interpreted as claiming that abstracta possess these internal  
properties. I argue that the identity and individuation conditions for  
fictional entities are determined by their external properties. Many  
anti-realist objections to the possibility of providing adequate identity  
and individuation conditions for fictional entities result from wrongly  
taking those conditions to be determined by their internal properties.
When: Wed 12 Dec 2018 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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