Much Ado about Nothing

  title={Much Ado about Nothing},
  author={Graham Priest},
Let us start with non-existent objects. I will assume a certain view of these. I will not defend it here; this has been done elsewhere.2 The point in what follows will be to apply it. So let me simply summarise the core points. Some objects do not exist: fictional characters, such as Sherlock Holmes; failed objects of scientific postulation, such as the mooted planet Vulcan; God (any one that you don’t believe in). Yet we can think of them, fear them, admire them, just as we can existent… 
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