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Logical Properties: Identity, Existence, Predication, Necessity, Truth

Colin McGinn


This book discusses the nature of identity, existence, predication, necessity, and truth. Its main claims are that identity, existence, and truth are logical properties, that predicates are singular terms that refer to properties, and that necessity (and other modalities) are modes of instantiation of properties by objects. The book develops a realist anti‐naturalist stance on logical properties, which takes logical notions at face value, and refuses to reduce them to other notions. Two further contentions central to this work are, first, that the quantifier has been overrated as an instrument ... More

Keywords: existence, Frege, identity, logic, logical properties, metaphysics, Colin McGinn, necessity, predication, Quine, realism, Russell, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780199241811
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199241813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin McGinn, author
Rutgers University
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