Word magic

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Kant objects that existence is not a predicate. A hundred thalers that I merely imagine, he says, have all the same predicates as a hundred real thalers.
Bertrand Russell[1]

Word magic is a logical fallacy that occurs when it is assumed that an entity exists, because the word for it exists.

The fallacy is a form of mistaking the map for the territory and an informal fallacy.


There are words for God, reptoids, the NWO, unicorns, Klingons, faeries, the FSM, UFOs, the Celestial Teapot, and Bigfoot. Are they all real?

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  1. Russell, Bertrand (2009, 1st pub. Simon & Schuster (US) 1945). History of Western Philosophy: Collector's Edition. Routledge. p. 569. ISBN 0415478812.