‘Holmes’and Holmes—A Millian Analysis of Names from Fiction
Article first published online: 23 JUN 2005
Volume 56, Issue 3, pages 261–279, September 2002
How to Cite
Predelli, S. (2002), ‘Holmes’and Holmes—A Millian Analysis of Names from Fiction. Dialectica, 56: 261–279. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2002.tb00242.x
- Issue published online: 23 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 23 JUN 2005
In this paper, I defend a view of names from fiction compatible with the Millian theory of proper names. Unlike other attempts at providing a Millian analysis of names from fiction, my approach gives semantic recognition to our pre-theoretic intuitions without postulating metaphysically dubious entities. The intuitively correct treatment of typical examples, including true negative existential statements, is obtained by appealing only to independently motivated results in the semantics for natural languages.