Definitions

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or supporting fictionalism
  • n. One who subscribes to fictionalism, the belief that certain concepts are simply convenient logical fictions

Etymologies

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fictional +‎ -ist

Examples

  • A certain kind of fictionalist might claim that the real meaning of “Stealing is wrong” should be rendered in the cohortative mood (which in English is not grammatically distinguished from imperative): “Let's pretend that stealing is wrong.”

    Moral Anti-Realism

  • In believing that possible worlds do not exist, Armstrong is a kind of fictionalist about possible worlds, and so he calls himself (1989,

    Nominalism in Metaphysics

  • With all the commotion concerning Palin's alleged revisionist approach to Paul Revere, what has gone completely unnoticed is that her comment on Revere had more to say with Palin's admiration for the late Argentine fictionalist, Jorge Luis Borges, than anything else.

    Mark Axelrod: The Palin Borges Connection; or, What's History Got to Do With It?

  • Great Regulars: Congratulations to/Félicitations à Pierre DesRuisseaux, the 63-years-young poet, editor, translator, fictionalist and anthologist just named to the post of Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate who shall abso-deffo rise to the occasion replacing the accomplished and awe-inspiring John Steffler for a two-year term.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • One might also interpret Melia (2000) as a fictionalist.

    Platonism in Metaphysics

  • They can also endorse a fictionalist view of sentences like (P).

    Platonism in Metaphysics

  • Even if nominalists endorse a fictionalist view according to which (P) is not equivalent to (N), they can still say that the above explanation is uninformative, because it really just says that gluons are G because they possess a nature that makes it the case that they are

    Platonism in Metaphysics

  • The fictionalist would be free from the task of solving Geach's problem taken as the task of explaining why modus ponens and other forms of inference validly apply to moral utterances (Kalderon 2005).

    Boys in White Suits

  • Hence the fictionalist postulates no equivocation and can use whatever a realist is entitled to use to explain relations of implications between contents.

    Boys in White Suits

  • Thus far the fictionalist agrees with error theorists.

    Boys in White Suits

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