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Necessity and Non‐Existence

Kit Fine

in Modality and Tense

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278701
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603105 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278709.003.0010
Necessity and Non‐Existence

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It is argued that just as there is a distinction between tensed and tenseless sentences so is there a distinction between worldly and unworldly sentences. This distinction has important implications for questions of possible non-existence, the nature of sortal concepts, such as man or set, and the different ways in which an object might exist.

Keywords: existence; identity; modality; sort; tense; transcendence; truth; worldly

Chapter.  17668 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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