Absolute Generality Reconsidered

Agustín Rayo

in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics volume 7

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659081
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745201 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Metaphysics

Absolute Generality Reconsidered

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‘Years ago, when I was young and reckless, I believed that there was such a thing as an all-inclusive domain. Now I have come to see the error of my ways’. The source of this mistake was a view that might be labeled ‘Tractarianism’. Tractarians believe that language is subject to a metaphysical constraint. In order for an atomic sentence to be true, there needs to be a certain kind of correspondence between the semantic structure of the sentence and the ‘metaphysical structure’ of reality. The purpose of this chapter is to explain why Tractarianism is mistaken, and what an anti-Tractarian should say about absolutely general quantification.

Keywords: absolute generality; reference; identity; metaphysics; realism; metaphysical structure

Chapter.  11927 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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