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Fictionalism in Philosophy

Bradley Armour-Garb and Frederick Kroon

Abstract

Within contemporary, analytic philosophy, “Fictionalism”—broadly understood as a view that uses a notion of fiction in order to resolve certain philosophical problems that do not necessarily have anything to do with fiction—has been on the scene for some time. A well-known collection, Fictionalism in Metaphysics, provided a good indication of the scope of the view (and its problems) as things stood in the early 2000s. But more than a decade has passed since the appearance of that volume and much has happened in philosophy, including in the area of fictionalism. In addition to the fact that fic ... More

Keywords: fictionalism, fiction, ontology/metaphysics, pretense, error theory, nominalism, ethics, mathematics, religion, models

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190689605
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190689605.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bradley Armour-Garb, editor
Professor of Philosophy, University at Albany-SUNY, USA

Frederick Kroon, editor
Professor of Philosophy, University of Auckland, New Zealand

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