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General and Individual Thoughts

A. N. Prior

in Objects of Thought

Published in print April 1971 | ISBN: 9780198243540
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680694 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243540.003.0009
General and Individual Thoughts

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This chapter argues that cases in which we seem unable to do without the corresponding ordinary-speech devices are not at all recondite, and it is not evident that their symbolic representation requires the device of abstraction; what it does require is the careful use of quantifiers. It then discusses quantification inside and outside belief-contexts.

Keywords: abstraction; quantifiers; quantification; belief-contexts

Chapter.  5357 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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