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The Nonexistent$
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Anthony Everett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674794.001.0001

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Talking through the Pretense

Talking through the Pretense

(p.38) 3 Talking through the Pretense
The Nonexistent

Anthony Everett

Oxford University Press

We often talk within the scope of a pretense in order to convey information about the real world, the nature of that pretense, or the attitudes of those engaged in the pretense. This will often be the most natural strategy available to convey the relevant information. Cases where we seem to compare fictional characters to real or fictional things, to talk of fictional characters as being created or modeled on other things, to describe them as fictional, and so on, should be understood on this model. A detailed account of these cases is provided. Cases where we deny the existence of fictional objects can also be regarded as taking place within the scope of such a pretense.

Keywords:   pretense, piggybacking, principles of generation, fictional characters, fictional character discourse, negative existentials

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