George Bealer

in Quality and Concept

Published in print May 1982 | ISBN: 9780198244288
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680762 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy


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Using a very small number of methodological assumptions, this chapter retraces the intuitive motivation for the theory of properties, relations, and propositions (PRPs). One tenet of the work is that the theory of PRPs, is part of logic. Specifically, it is part of natural logic, i.e., logic in the broad sense that includes the logic of natural language as a part. The chapter defends this tenet and argues, in particular, that the best representation of intensionality in natural language is provided by a first-order intensional language that is just like a first-order extensional language except that it is fitted out with an intensional abstraction operation.

Keywords: intensional abstraction; logic; natural language; intensional language; first-order extensional langauge

Chapter.  5543 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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