Gnosis 8 (2):1-47 (2007)

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Michael-John Turp
University of Canterbury
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I argue that fictionalism is an unpromising alternative to realism in two important respects. First, fictionalism offers a less satisfactory modal semantics because the incorporated fictive operator is itself modal and its results differ significantly from realism. Second, fictionalism struggles to provide us with a satisfactory account of the ontological grounding of modal truth and finds itself in opposition to several influential accounts of fictional objects which I discuss. I conclude by suggesting that, given the fictionalist’s motivation, a more promising avenue of research would be the older and currently unfashionable fictionalism espoused by Vaihinger (1935).
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