Fictionalism and Incompleteness
Version of Record online: 15 SEP 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 46, Issue 4, pages 781–790, December 2012
How to Cite
Woodward, R. (2012), Fictionalism and Incompleteness . Noûs, 46: 781–790. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0068.2010.00826.x
- Issue online: 4 NOV 2012
- Version of Record online: 15 SEP 2011
The modal fictionalist faces a problem due to the fact that her chosen story seems to be incomplete—certain things are neither fictionally true nor fictionally false. The significance of this problem is not localized to modal fictionalism, however, since many fictionalists will face it too. By examining how the fictionalist should analyze the notion of truth according to her story, and, in particular, the role that conditionals play for the fictionalist, I develop a novel and elegant solution to the incompleteness problem.