Modal monsters and talk about fiction

Journal of Philosophical Logic 37 (3):277-297 (2008)

Stefano Predelli
Nottingham University
This paper argues in favor of a treatment of discourse about fiction in terms of operators on character, that is, Kaplanesque ‘monsters’. The first three sections criticize the traditional analysis of ‘according to the fiction’ as an intensional operator, and the approach to fictional discourse grounded on the notion of contextual shifts. The final sections explain how an analysis in terms of monsters yields the correct readings for a variety of examples involving modal and temporal indexicals.
Keywords fiction  monsters  intensional operators  indexicals  context shifting
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DOI 10.1007/s10992-007-9073-z
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