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CHARACTERS AND CONTINGENCY

Gregory Currie

in Arts and Minds

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199256280
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601712 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256284.003.0003
CHARACTERS AND CONTINGENCY

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While wemight not have done many of the things we did do, Anna Karenina could not, surely, have been other than a lover of Vronsky. Not so: while it is true that ‘Necessarily, someone who was not a lover of Vronsky would not be Anna’, it is also true that ‘Someone who was necessarily a lover of Vronsky would not be Anna’. Uses a framework developed by Stalnaker to explain this, and to shed light on the semantics of fictional names.

Keywords: conversation; fiction; names; pragmatics; presupposition; semantics; two‐dimensional concepts

Chapter.  5958 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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