Professor Frederick William Kroon

MA (Auckland), PhD (Princeton)

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Research | Current

  • 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.

Teaching | Current

COMPSCI 350 Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science

LOGICOMP 301 Philosophy and Computing

PHIL 202 Philosophy of Language

PHIL 306 Language, Truth and Meaning

PHIL 322 Philosophy of Language

PHIL 739 Philosophy of Language

PHIL 747 Epistemology 1

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. (2016). Presuming consent in the ethics of posthumous sperm procurement and conception. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 33 (2), 131-131. 10.1016/j.rbmo.2016.05.009
  • Kroon, F. (2015). The radical emptiness of empty terms: Saving the buddhists from the Nyaya. Comparative Philosophy and J.L. Shaw (pp. 39-53). 10.1007/978-3-319-17873-8_5
  • Kroon, F. (2015). Review of Denis FISETTE & Guillaume FRÉCHETTE (eds.), Themes from Brentano. Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi, 2013. Grazer Philosophische Studien: internationale Zeitschrift fuer analytische Philosophie, 92, 152-155.
  • Berto, F., Kroon, F., & Voltolini, A. (2014). Metaontology: Introduction. Monist, 97 (4), 423-429.
  • 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. Related URL.
  • 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. Related URL.
  • Kroon, F., & Robinson, D. (2013). Philosophy of language. History of Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand (pp. 413-443). 10.1007/978-94-007-6958-8_15
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Denis Robinson
  • 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.


Contact details

Primary location

Level 4, Room 443
New Zealand

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