Empty Names, Fiction, and the Puzzles of Non-Existence contains 13 new papers 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 other papers offer some important new perspectives and criticisms of the existing approaches. The book 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 to date. The book will be of interest to philosophers of language and to those interested in metaphysics and the nature of fiction.
is in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University. is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- Much Ado About Nothing
- I Empty Names
- 1 Pleonastic Fregeanism and Empty Names
- 2 Emptiness without Compromise: A Referentialist Semantics for Empty Names
- 3 Referentialism and Empty Names
- 4 On Myth
- II Pretense
- 5 Existence as Metaphor?
- 6 ‘Disavowal Through Commitment’ Theories of Negative Existentials
- Functional Projections and Verb Movement
- The Road Between Pretense Theory and Abstract Object Theory
- 8 Making up Stories
- 9 Real People in Unreal Contexts, or Is There a Spy Among Us?
- 10 Semantic Pretense
- III Ontology
- 11 Quanti_cation and Fictional Discourse
- 12 Quanti_cation and Non-Existent Objects
- 13 A Paradox of Existence