Some remarks on “language-created entities”

Acta Analytica 24 (3):185-192 (2009)
Some entities, such as fictional characters, propositions, properties, events and numbers are prima facie promising candidates for owing their existence to our linguistic and conceptual practices. However, it is notoriously hard to pin down just what sets such allegedly “language-created” entities apart from ordinary entities. The present paper considers some of the features that are supposed to distinguish between entities of the two kinds and argues that, on an independently plausible account of what it takes to individuate objects, the criteria let in more than friends of the strategy might be happy with.
Keywords Constructivism  Individuation  Minimal entities  Fictional characters  Abstract objects  Steven Schiffer
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-009-0052-6
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