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Published by Oxford University Press, USA .
Written in English


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Number of Pages368
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ISBN 100199282196
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Fictionalism is the view that a serious intellectual inquiry need not aim at truth. Since , fictionalist accounts of science, mathematics, morality, and other domains of inquiry have been developed. In metaphysics fictionalism is now widely regarded as an option worthy of serious consideration. This is a survey of contemporary work on ‘fictionalism in metaphysics’, a term that is taken to signify both the place of fictionalism as a distinctive anti‐realist metaphysics in which usefulness rather than truth is the norm of acceptance, and the fact that philosophers have given fictionalist treatments of a range of specifically metaphysical notionsAuthor: Frederick Kroon. In metaphysics fictionalism is now widely regarded as an option worthy of serious consideration. This volume represents a major benchmark in the debate: it brings together an impressive international team of contributors, whose essays represent the state of the art in various areas of metaphysical controversy, relating to language, mathematics, modality, truth, belief, ontology, and judybwolfman.coms: Mark Eli Kalderon, University College London. Mark Eli Kalderon (ed.), Fictionalism in Metaphysics, Oxford University Press, , pp., $ (pbk), ISBN Reviewed by Cei Maslen, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand The simple idea behind fictionalist views is that telling or describing a story does not commit you to the existence of characters in the story.

Quasi-Realism is Fictionalism David Lewis Suppose that Simon Blackburn’s quasi-realist program (, ch. 6, ) has succeeded perfectly on its own terms—something I think not unlikely. The quasi-realisthasoVeredaspecialsemanticsforsententialexpressionsofmoral attitudes; he has thereby earned the right to echo everything the moral realist. Meta-fictionalism: the speaker is “really” asserting that according to a certain fiction, the Xs are so and so. Object-fictionalism: the speaker is “really” asserting that the world is in a certain condition, namely, the condition it needs to be in to make it true in the relevant fiction that the Xs are so and so. Modal fictionalism should be of interest to those concerned with the metaphysics of modality, since theories committed to the literal existence of possible worlds (and, even more worryingly, the literal existence of merely possible objects ‘contained’ in these worlds) come at a cost, both to economy and to many people's intuitions. Michael J. Loux is Shuster Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is also editor of Metaphysics: Contemporary Readings, designed to accompany this textbook and also published by Routledge. Substance and Attribute () is one of the major metaphysics books of recent years.

This is a survey of contemporary work on ‘fictionalism in metaphysics’, a term that is taken to signify both the place of fictionalism as a distinctive anti-realist metaphysics in which usefulness. Introduction. The term “fictionalism” is defined in many different ways. The most common definition is along these lines: fictionalism about a discourse claims that the sentences of the discourse are useful but does not claim that they are true. Typically, fictionalists will deny that sentences of the discourse are true. Feb 04,  · Mark Eli Kalderon's "Fictionalism in Metaphysics" leaves much to be desired, especially in the way of fictionalist accounts of modality, where fictionalism is a prominent and attractive option.4/5(1). In metaphysics, fictionalism is regarded as an option worthy of serious consideration. This volume represents a benchmark in the debate: it brings together an international team of contributors, whose essays represent the state of the art in various areas of metaphysical controversy, relating to language, mathematics, modality, truth, and more.