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A. N. Prior, P. T. Geach, and A. J. P. Kenny

Print publication date: 1971

Print ISBN-13: 9780198243540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243540.001.0001

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Platonism and Quantification

Platonism and Quantification

(p.31) 3 Platonism and Quantification
Objects of Thought

A. N. Prior

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This chapter begins with a discussion of syntactical versus metaphysical economy. It then discusses bound variables as name variables, defence of non-nominal quantifications, idiomatic higher-order quantification, the ramified theory of types and Ramsey's answer to it, the symbolic necessity of abstracts, and the syntactical ambiguity of quantification.

Keywords:   syntactical economy, metaphysical economy, bound variables, quantification, Ramsey, abstracts

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