• Wallows
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    Could a counterfactual exist without a referent?

    This is an extension of the thought brought up in the Naming and Necessity thread, where Kripke outright states that he won't address the issue of empty names in his book.
  • Michael
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    You mean something like "If I had a daughter then she'd be..."?
  • Wallows
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    You mean something like "If I had a daughter then she'd be..."?Michael

    More like, "If Santa Claus existed then..."

    Or more instantiating:

    You, could have a daughter, either through biological means or adoption; but, Santa Claus just doesn't obtain in our world, or any for the matter.
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