Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Unicorn example, philosophy: the problem is about linguistic expressions for non-existent objects and principles of using these expressions. In logic it comes to the question of whether sentences containing expressions for non-existent objects are true, false, or senseless. See also Pegasus, nonexistence, reference, truth value, truth conditions, assertibility, meaning, sense, truth value gap.
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Kripke, Saul Aaron
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Unicorn Example I 33
We simply cannot say under what circumstances there could be unicorns.
I 178
E.g. discovery (of fossils) does not provide a proof of existence of mythical figures.
I 179
The discovery that there was actually a detective, would not show that Conan Doyle wrote about this man.

S.A. Kripke
Name und Notwendigkeit Frankfurt 1981

S. A. Kripke
Outline of a Theory of Truth (1975)
Recent Essays on Truth and the Liar Paradox, R. L. Martin (Hg), Oxford/NY 1984

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-31