Empty Names, Fiction and the Puzzles of Non-Existence

CSLI Publications (2000)
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Thomas Hofweber
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Abstract
Philosophers and theorists have long been puzzled by humans' ability to talk about things that do not exist, or to talk about things that they think exist but, in fact, do not. _Empty Names, Fiction, and the Puzzles of Non-Existence_ is a collection of 13 new works concerning the semantic and metaphysical issues arising from empty names, non-existence, and the nature of fiction. The contributors include some of the most important researchers working in these fields. Some of the papers develop and defend new positions on these matters, while others offer important new perspectives and criticisms of the existing approaches. The volume contains a comprehensive introductory essay by the editors, which provides a survey of the philosophical issues concerning empty names, the various responses to these issues, and the literature on the subject to date
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ISBN(s) 9781575862538   1575862530   9781575862545
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A Puzzle About Ontology.Thomas Hofweber - 2005 - Noûs 39 (2):256–283.
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Recent Work on Propositions.Peter Hanks - 2009 - Philosophy Compass 4 (3):469-486.
The Great Beetle Debate: A Study in Imagining with Names.Stacie Friend - 2011 - Philosophical Studies 153 (2):183-211.

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