Homer Simpson: I want Chocolate Star Wars.
Squeaky Voiced Teen:
I am sorry sir. The computer says that the movie Chocolate Star Wars does not exist!
Homer Simpson: I say you don’t exist!
“Do unreal objects exist”? After the publication of Bertrand Russell’s brilliant “On Denoting” [Russell, 1904], it became too incautious to give a sure positive answer to the question. Perhaps it was Russell’s gifted manners in putting arguments in their precise logical forms, or his wits in spoofing away anything contrary to his cultivated philosophical taste, or simply his reputation as the heir of the British empiricists, which persuaded the fellow-empiricists like Schlick [Schlick, 1915] and Quine, [Quine, 1951, 1947] to dismiss the Meinongian answer to this question as irrelevant and misleading. Thus Meinong was destined to be the empiricists’ public enemy No. 2, next to no one else but Plato himself. Surprisingly enough, even the traditional Meinongians read him in this extraterrest...