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Mythical Objects (2002)

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/10.1093/0199284717.003.0004
 Mythical Objects (2002)

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Salmon’s account of error as accidental fiction is invoked to solve a notoriously difficult problem in philosophical logic, introduced by Peter Geach: How can it be correct to report that Hob and Nob have thoughts and beliefs concerning the same witch, when there are no such things as witches? Salmon’s answer is that Hob’s and Nob’s thoughts and beliefs concern the same mythical witch, which although not a real witch, is a real thing.

Keywords: Geach; logical; myth; witch; reality

Chapter.  10458 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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