In Thrall to the Idea of The One

Henry Laycock

in Words without Objects

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199281718
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603594 | DOI:
In Thrall to the Idea of The One

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The curiously sweeping assumption that all reference is ‘ultimately’ singular — even in the case of plural or non-count reference — is presented and examined. In the case of plural reference, especially when associated with collective predication, the assumption takes the form of the thought that this is reference to collective entities, plural objects, or sets. Perhaps the most suggestive and profound, albeit notorious idea of this genre is Russell’s doctrine of the ‘class as many’. George Boolos’ explicitly ‘no-class’ approach to the logic of plurality is then compared favourably with ‘reductive’ approaches.

Keywords: plural reference; set; collection; class as many; collective predication; non-singular identity

Chapter.  19366 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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