Extensionality and Meaning

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

Extensionality and Meaning

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This chapter shows that it is formally possible to define the underlying intensional abstraction operation in a first-order extensional language for the theory of properties, relations, and propositions (PRPs). This means that, if one wishes to, one may treat intensional sentences as mere syntactic transformations from fully extensional sentences. Doing this would enable one to conclude that intensionality in language is a mere surface phenomenon, that there is not really a bifurcation of logic into the extensional and the intensional, and that logic is at bottom extensional logic.

Keywords: intensional abstraction; first-order extensional language; semantics; pragmatics

Chapter.  11441 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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