Synthese 195 (1):235-257 (2018)

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Samuel Murray
Duke University
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In this paper, I argue that sentences that contain ‘omission’ tokens that appear to function as singular terms are meaningful while maintaining the view that omissions are nothing at all or mere absences. I take omissions to be fictional entities and claim that the way in which sentences about fictional characters are true parallels the way in which sentences about omissions are true. I develop a pragmatic account of fictional reference and argue that my fictionalist account of omissions implies a plausible account of the metaphysics of omissions.
Keywords Reference  Fiction  Omission  Action Theory  Semantics  Philosophy of Language  Ontology  Metaphysics
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-016-1211-0
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