Jody Azzouni’s Talking About Nothing (henceforth, TAN) is an extraordinarily ambitious book in both its breadth and its depth. To put it in a nutshell, TAN makes a sustained case for a novel, unified approach to our talking and thinking about mathematics, fiction and hallucinations. In the process, TAN touches on a wide variety of topics in areas ranging from logic to the philosophies of mathematics and science, and from metaphysics and epistemology to the philosophies of mind and language and gets to challenge a few central tenets of contemporary analytic philosophy. Since my contribution to this book symposium cannot do justice to its breadth and depth, it will focus mainly on three specific aspects of the book – Azzouni’s proposal with respect to fiction...

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