Reprinted from ‘Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society’, Suppl. vol. , 1933 by permission of the editor

If we had given to the subject matter of this symposium the title ‘What is the status of imaginary objects?’ we should, I suspect, have advertised in a seemingly more illuminating way what our problem is. But it would in reality have been a very misleading title, for, as I hope to show in the course of my contribution, most of the difficulties in the problem arise out of the confused or false beliefs (a) that there are different kinds of status and (b) that imaginary objects are a species of object. What the correct way is of formulating the questions which I think need to be answered on this matter must be brought out at a later stage.