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Non-Existence and Non-Existents


The presently contemplated approach to existence is not a “thin” theory in the sense of William Vallicella’s discussion in the present volume. For this “thin existence” is simply a matter of what gets treated as an object within a given range of logico-semantical discourse; it is a matter of existence as a discussionobject belonging to a range of items over which we quantify (e.g. characters that fi gure in Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories). Rather, it is existence in the real world as part of the furnishings thereof that will concern us here-as it has concerned metaphysicians throughout the ages.