MoL-2023-30: The Pretense View of Fiction

MoL-2023-30: Cissell, Isabella (2023) The Pretense View of Fiction. [Report]

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The pretense view is a position in the philosophy of fiction which claims that the representational acts by which fictions are created involve pretense. The degree of involvement of the pretense can vary, and in this thesis I focus on the proposals of John Searle and Saul Kripke in their works from the 70’s of the previous century. The ideas of these outspoken theorists have been influential in the philosophy of fiction; for example, they form part of David Lewis’s account of fiction. However, this view has not itself been widely discussed, and it is not always clear what the view is meant to say. The potential causes for this lack of clarity include, the lack of understanding of pretense itself, and the entanglement of the pretense view with other related views. This thesis attempts to define and solve these problems through a careful consideration of Searle and Kripke’s views, and of the arguments regarding this view from Stefano Predelli, Catharine Abell, Gregory Currie, Nathan Salmon and Manuel Garcı́a-Carpintero. Finally, some potential modifications of the pretense view are considered, and it’s role in Searle and Kripke’s separate projects is evaluated. The thesis then concludes with hope that the pretense view could continue to be fruitful in the philosophy of fiction.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: MoL-2023-30
Series Name: Master of Logic Thesis (MoL) Series
Year: 2023
Subjects: Logic
Depositing User: Dr Marco Vervoort
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2023 17:25
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2023 17:25

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