T. Rev (st_rev) wrote,
T. Rev

On Metaphysics

Existence isn't a monic or absolute property. I mean, does Mickey Mouse exist?

As a sentient being, mostly no. (Someone method-acting/role-playing Mickey Mouse kind of counts as a version of Mickey Mouse as a sentient being, in a very narrow sense.)

As a recognizable image, mostly yes. (The three-overlapping-circle motif will inspire a consistent experience of recognition in anyone who's been exposed to enough Disney products, but that's really a large class of images with very fuzzy boundaries.)

As a unitary individual, physically instantiated in the material body of an anthropomorphic mouse? Absolutely not.

As a copyrighted name governed by a certain body of laws and defended by a team of lawyers? Absolutely yes.

Platonism is stupid.

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