Dialogue 39 (1):77- (2000)

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Jérôme Pelletier
Institut Jean Nicod
Abstract
The nonexistence of fictional entities does not seem incompatible with their possible existence. The aim of this paper is to give an account of the intuitive truth of statements of possible existence involving fictional proper names in an actualist framework. After having clarified the opposition between a possibilist and an actualist approach of possible wolds, I distinguish fictional individuals from fictional characters and the fictional use of fictional proper names from their metafictional use. On that basis, statements of possible existence involving fictional proper names literally say of fictional characters conceived as abstract objects that they might have been exemplified
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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ISBN(s) 0012-2173
DOI 10.1017/s0012217300006405
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