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Journal of Philosophical Logic

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 277–297 | Cite as

MODAL MONSTERS AND TALK ABOUT FICTION

  • Stefano PredelliEmail author
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Abstract

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.

Key words

fictional narrative historical remarks semantic analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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