Nonexistent Objects

[Revised entry by Maria Reicher on December 15, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] A nonexistent object is something that does not exist. Some examples often cited are: Zeus,
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[Revised entry by Maria Reicher on December 15, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] A nonexistent object is something that does not exist. Some examples often cited are: Zeus, Pegasus, Sherlock Holmes, Vulcan, the perpetual motion machine, the golden mountain, the fountain of youth, the round square, etc. Some important philosophers have thought that the very concept of a nonexistent object is contradictory (Hume) or logically ill-formed (Kant, Frege), while others (Leibniz, Meinong, the Russell of Principles of Mathematics) have embraced it...

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