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Boer, Steven E.
 
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Referential Quantification I 11
Referential quantification/refQ/substitutional quantification/sQ/non-existent/non-existence/Boer: for all those who believe that there are non-existent things, it is possible to accept (8):

(8) (referential quantification) It is possible that some things that do not exist are nameless.

N.B.: with substitutional quantification, (8) would be reformulated to (9)

(9) (substutional quantification) It is possible that (Σy) (y does not exist & y is nameless).

Problem: (9) cannot be true because for every name a, the assertion [a is nameless] would be self-contradictory.

Boer I
Steven E. Boer
Thought-Contents: On the Ontology of Belief and the Semantics of Belief Attribution (Philosophical Studies Series) New York 2010

Boer II
Steven E. Boer
Knowing Who Cambridge 1986


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