Reference and Its Roots

P. F. Strawson

in Entity and Identity

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250159
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598470 | DOI:
 Reference and Its Roots

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Quine claims to investigate the process by which the learner progresses from a grasp of simple observation‐terms to mastery of objective reference and predication. By manipulating the notions of ‘compound observation‐term’ and ‘occasion’, his account represents this achievement as unrealistically deferred.

Keywords: eternal sentence; general term; individuation; observation‐term; occasion‐sentence; quantification; singular term

Chapter.  6876 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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