SENIOR SEMINAR: FICTION AND FICTIONALISM
(PHIL 483, Sec. 1001)
    Reading Assignments

    (Readings from the textbook, Fiction and Fictionalism, by R. M. Sainsbury, are listed by author and chapter number, followed by page numbers in parentheses. There are also quite a few further readings by other authors that are labeled "online". These are available on the WebCampus page for the course, via the Course Content button.)

  • For Jan. 23: Read Sainsbury, Introduction (pp. 1-3). Then read Currie, "The Concept of Fiction" (pp. 1-12 from Ch. 1 of The Nature of Fiction) (online) and Searle, "The Logical Status of Fictional Discourse" (online).
  • For Jan. 25: Read Sainsbury, Ch. 1 (pp. 4-12) and Currie, "The Concept of Fiction" (pp. 12-35) (online).
  • For Jan. 30: Read Walton, Mimesis as Make-Believe, Ch. 1, Secs. 1.5 and 1.7 (pp. 35-43 and 51-54) and Woodward, "Walton on Fictionality" (online). Then read Walton, Mimesis as Make-Believe, Ch. 2 (pp. 70-105) (online) and finish Currie, "The Concept of Fiction" (pp. 35-51).
  • For Feb. 1: Finish Sainsbury, Ch. 1 (pp. 12-21). Then read Friend, "Imagining Fact and Fiction" (online).
  • For Feb. 6: Read Friend, "Fiction as a Genre" (online). Then read Sainsbury, Ch. 4 (pp. 68-82) on possible worlds.
  • For Feb. 8: Read Lewis, "Truth in Fiction" (online) and "Postscripts to 'Truth in Fiction"" (online). Also read Sections 1.9 and 1.10 (pp. 57-69) from Walton, Mimesis as Make-Believe, Ch. 1 (online).
  • For Feb. 13: Read Woodward, "Truth in Fiction" (online). Then read Walton, Mimesis as Make-Believe, Ch. 4 (online).
  • For Feb. 20: Presidents' Day!
  • For Feb. 22: Read Sainsbury, Ch. 2 and Ch. 4 (pp. 82-90). Then read Kroon and Voltolini, "Fiction" in SEP (online).
  • For Feb. 27: Read Thomasson, "Fictional Characters and Literary Practices" and "Speaking of Fictional Characters" (both online). Then read Sainsbury, Ch. 5.
  • For Mar. 1: Read Zvolenszky, "Abstract Artifact Theory about Fictional Characters Defended" (online).
  • For Mar. 6: Read Walton, Mimesis as Make-Believe, Ch. 10 and Friend, "Fictional Characters" (both online). Then read Sainsbury, Ch. 6.
  • For Mar. 8: Read Everett, "Against Fictional Realism" (online).
  • For Mar. 20: Check out the topics for the First Paper, which will be due on Wednesday 3/29. Also read Sainsbury, Ch. 7; Kroon, "Fictionalism in Metaphysics" (online); and Kalderon, "Introduction" to Fictionalism in Metaphysics (online).
  • For Mar. 22: Read Caddick Bourne, "Fictionalism" (online).
  • For Mar. 27: Read Eklund, "Fictionalism" in SEP (online), then read Armour-Garb and Woodbridge, "Philosophical Fictionalism" (online).
  • For Mar. 29: First Papers due (via email by 1pm)! Also, read Field, "Introduction: Fictionalism, Epistemology and Modality" (online).
  • For Apr. 3: Re-read Field, "Introduction: Fictionalism, Epistemology and Modality" and then read Leng, "Mathematics and Make-Believe" (both online).
  • For Apr. 5: Read Rosen, "Modal Fictionalism" (online) and Sainsbury, Ch. 8.
  • For Apr. 17: Catch up on the fictionalism readings assigned so far, especially Rosen's "Modal Fictionalism". Then read Joyce, "Moral Fictionalism" (online) and Sainsbury, Ch. 9.
  • For Apr. 19: Re-read Sainsbury, Ch. 9, then read Ch. 10.
  • For Apr. 24: Read Kroon, "Descriptivism, Pretense, and the Frege-Russell Problems" and Richard, "Semantic Pretense" (both online).
  • For Apr. 26: Read Stanley, "Hermeneutic Fictionalism" (online). Check out the topics for the Second Paper, which will be due by noon on Monday 5/8.
  • For May 1: Read Armour-Garb and Woodbridge, "Semantic Pretense-Involving Fictionalism and Existence-Talk" (online).
  • For May 8: Second Papers due (via email by noon).
  • For May 10: Final Exam at 10:10am, in our regular classroom. Bring an exambook to write your essays in.

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