First-order logic and some existential sentences



McLeod, Stephen K ORCID: 0000-0003-1457-2942
(2011) First-order logic and some existential sentences. Disputatio, 4 (31). 255 - 270.

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Abstract

<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>‘Quantified pure existentials’ are sentences (e.g., ‘Some things do not exist’) which meet these conditions: (i) the verb EXIST is contained in, and is, apart from quantificational BE, the only full (as against auxiliary) verb in the sentence; (ii) no (other) logical predicate features in the sentence; (iii) no name or other sub-sentential referring expression features in the sentence; (iv) the sentence contains a quantifier that is not an occurrence of EXIST. Colin McGinn and Rod Girle have alleged that standard first-order logic cannot adequately deal with some such existentials. The article defends the view that it can.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2016 14:18
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2021 08:12
DOI: 10.2478/disp-2011-0012
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3003776