On 21 Sep, 08:58, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:
> On 20 Sep 2009, at 02:49, Brent Meeker wrote:
>
>
>
> > So does being "pure thought" mean "without a reference", i.e. a
> > fiction?  As in "Sherlock Holmes" is a pure thought?
>
> Consider the Many world theory of Everett, or the many histories of
> comp. Does it make sense to say that Sherlock Holmes exists in such
> structure? The problem is that a fiction like Sherlock Holmes is not
> well defined. It is a bit like unicorns. I would not compare such
> essentially fictional construction with a mathematical object, like a
> computation or like a number, which admits forms of realism.


I would not compare them in rigour or clarity.
I would compare them in ontology.


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