Something does not have to exist in order for it to be discussed. There only needs to be a word or sign for it for a discussion to occur. For example…0
It is confusing to me that I am able to know of something that does not arise in the universe and existing as such? Your asking me to understand something that falls outside of the universe somehow. Fiction itself exists in the universe however you want to define “things of fiction”.
I say that anything knowable exists in some manner.
Maybe we have to work out another word to use.
Something does not have to exist in order for it to be discussed. There only needs to be a word or sign for it for a discussion to occur.
For example, in math, 0, ∞, √-1. In fiction, Winston Smith, Harry Potter, Golem. In mythology, Icarus, the Rainbow Serpent, Zeus. In religion, Amida Buddha, Susa-no-o-mikoto, Ahura Mazda.
All of these “things” do not exist. Language is a powerful tool. And language is also a great deceiver.
The difference between a sign and an existent thing needs to be clearly understood. An object motivates the concept, and in turn the concept motivates the signifier.