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Nonexistence (1998)

Nathan Salmon

in Metaphysics, Mathematics, and Meaning

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284719
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284717.003.0003
 Nonexistence (1998)

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It is argued that reference to the nonexistent, and belief of nonexistent propositions, are commonplace. True, singular, negative existentials vary by the semantic nature of the subject term or the ontological status of its designatum. The most common true negative existentials involve names that designate nonexistent things-actual past things, actual future, merely possible, or impossible. Fiction is not a case in point; fictional characters are real. Error is merely accidental fiction.

Keywords: designate; existence; fiction; Frege; Kant; ontology; Russell

Chapter.  25654 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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