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A further thought.

(1) Revelation 12:3 says “another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon (δράκων μέγας πυρρός) with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads”.

(2) Revelation 12:3 mentions a dragon.

I think (given the meaning of the term ‘mention’ and other terms) that the move from (1) to (2) is valid. I.e. (1) cannot be true with (2) false.

However, (1) is true even if there never ever appeared such a dragon, in which case (2) is still true. But (a) there is no question of (2) expressing some relation between the text and some dragon. (2) is simply true because the text expresses a proposition using the word ‘dragon’. And (b) where does the ‘noema’, i.e. an ‘the internal factor’ responsible for some particular ‘outer-directedness’, come into it? If (1) above has no outer-directedness, whatever that is, (2) cannot either.

Note, as an aside, that δράκων simply means a serpent of any kind, whereas the English ‘dragon’ signifies a supernatural or fictional or legendary creature of some kind.

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