Plural Predication

Plural Predication

by Thomas McKay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199278148

ISBN-13: 9780199278145

Pub. Date: 08/17/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Plural predication is a pervasive part of ordinary language. We can say that some people are fifty in number, are surrounding a building, come from many countries, and are classmates. These predicates can be true of some people without being true of any one of them; they are non-distributive predications. However, the apparatus of modern logic does not allow a

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Plural predication is a pervasive part of ordinary language. We can say that some people are fifty in number, are surrounding a building, come from many countries, and are classmates. These predicates can be true of some people without being true of any one of them; they are non-distributive predications. However, the apparatus of modern logic does not allow a place for them. Thomas McKay here explores the enrichment of logic with non-distributive plural predication and quantification. His book will be of great interest to philosophers of language, linguists, metaphysicians, and logicians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199278145
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/17/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. A formal language with non-distributive plurals: preliminary considerations
2. Against singularism
3. Semantics
4. Natural language issues
5. Set theoretic semantics
6. Among
7. The: the basic logic
8. The: context sensitivity
9. Pronouns
10. Plurals and events

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