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Fictional Discourse: A Radical Fictionalist Semantics

Stefano Predelli


This book defends a Radical Fictionalist Semantics for fictional discourse. Focusing on proper names as prototypical devices of reference, it argues that fictional names are only fictionally proper names, and that, as a result, fictional sentences do not encode propositions. According to Radical Fictionalism, the contentful outcomes achieved by fiction are derived from the outcomes of so-called impartation, that is, from the effects achieved by the use of language. As a result, Radical Fictionalism pays special attention to fictional telling and to related themes in narrative fiction. In parti ... More

Keywords: fiction, singular terms, proper names, narrative, fictional characters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198854128
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198854128.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefano Predelli, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Nottingham