Professor Frederick William Kroon

MA (Auckland), PhD (Princeton)

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Research | Current

Research interests: Philosophy of language, especially theory of reference, pretence theory, and fictionalist accounts of linguistic practices; philosophy of fiction; philosophy of computation; philosophical logic, in particular semantic paradoxes; metaphysics, especially meta-ontology, the nature of existence and non-existence, and intentional objects 


Current research is centred on fictionalism, and on using pretence theory to help solve problems in philosophical logic


Professor Fred Kroon's Research


Teaching | Current

Disciplinary Area: Philosophy, School of Humanities

On leave Semester 2 2015

Course                         Title                                                                                               Availability in 2016

PHIL 202 Philosophy of Language Semester 2
PHIL 739 Philosophy of Language Semester 2
LOGICOMP 301 Philosophy and Computing Semester 1
PHIL 306 Language, Truth and Meaning Not offered in 2016
PHIL 322 Philosophy of Language Semester 2
COMPSCI 350 Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science Semester 1
PHIL 747 Epistemology 1 Not offered in 2016


Professor Fred Kroon's Teaching


Postgraduate supervision

Current supervision

Doctoral theses:

Tahua O’leary, ‘Naturalising the Unity of Desires: Michael Smith on the Analysis of 'Right'’

Marinus Ferreira, ‘Limited Conventionalism of Morals’

Bruce Sheridan, ‘Imagination and Creativity’

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Kroon, F. W. (2013). Kripke's 'Reference and Existence' Forty Years On. Paper presented at Australasian Association of Philosophy NZ Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. 8 December - 12 December 2013.
  • Kroon, F. W. (2013). Kripke's 'Reference and Existence' Forty Years On. Paper presented at 23rd World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, Greece. 4 August - 10 August 2013.
  • Kroon, F. W. (2013). Phenomenal Intentionality and the Role of Intentional Objects. In U. Kriegel (Ed.) Phenomenal Intentionality (pp. 137-155). New York (NY), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kroon, F. W. (2013). The Social Character of Fictional Entities. In C. Barbero, M. Ferraris, A. Voltolini (Eds.) From Fictionalism to Realism (pp. 87-110). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Kroon, F. W. (2013). Intentional Objects, Pretence, and the Quasi-relational Nature of Mental Phenomena: ­A new look at Brentano on Intentionality. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 21 (3), 377-393.
  • Kroon, B., Kroon, F. W., Holt, S., Wong, B., & Yazdani, A. (2012). Post-mortem Sperm Retrieval in Australasia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 52 (5), 487-490. 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2012.01469.x
  • Kroon, F. W. (2012). Characterization and Existence in Modal Meinongianism. Grazer Philosophische Studien: Internationale Zeitschrift fuer analytische Philosophie, 86, 23-34.
  • Kroon, F. W. (2011). Fictionalism in metaphysics. Philosophy Compass, 6 (11), 786-803. 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2011.00442.x

Contact details

Primary location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 2 , Room 202
New Zealand