Girl in store: Is this (pointing to a small plant) an actual Meyer Lemon Tree?Clerk: Yeah, it grows to be around 3 feet tall.G: Does it actually grow lemons?C: Yeah.G: Yeah, but does it grow real lemons?
Now you know how Rorty used to feel when people used the "real" operator . . . .
I don't know. Lewis distinguished between actual things and existing things; maybe there is room for a distinction between actual things and real things. For instance, there is something to be said for the claim that mechanical dogs do not really bark, though they actually bark. The bark is not a genuine dog bark, though it is an actual bark.
I have many a tree which only grow possible lemons. They're very nice, but don't make a very flavorful lemonade.I like the new look of the blog, by the way.
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