David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73 (2):359–377 (2006)
One of the characteristic features of contemporary logic is that it incorporates the Frege-Russell thesis according to which verbs for being are multiply ambiguous. This thesis was not accepted before the nineteenth century. In Aristotle existence could not serve alone as a predicate term. However, it could be a part of the force of the predicate term, depending on the context. For Kant existence could not even be a part of the force of the predicate term. Hence, after Kant, existence was left homeless. It found a home in the algebra of logic in which the operators corresponding to universal and particular judgments were treated as duals, and universal judgments were taken to be relative to some universe of discourse. Because of the duality, existential quantifier expressions came to express existence. The orphaned notion of existence thus found a new home in the existential quantifier.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
J. L. Ackrill (1957). Plato and the Copula: Sophist 251-259. Journal of Hellenic Studies 77:1.
Gordon P. Baker (1984). Frege, Logical Excavations. Oxford University Press.
Jonathan Francis Bennett (1966). Kant's Analytic. London, Cambridge U.P..
Terry Boswell (1988). On the Textual Authenticity of Kant's Logic. History and Philosophy of Logic 9 (2):193-203.
Scott Carson (2000). Aristotle on Existential Import and Nonreferring Subjects. Synthese 124 (3):343-360.
Citations of this work BETA
Ohad Nachtomy (2012). Leibniz and Kant on Possibility and Existence. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (5):953-972.
Similar books and articles
Günter Zöller (2008). Kant and the Problem of Existential Judgment: Critical Comments on Wayne Martin's Theories of Judgment. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 137 (1):121 - 134.
Richard Heck (2011). Ramified Frege Arithmetic. Journal of Philosophical Logic 40 (6):715-735.
William Forgie (2007). Gassendi and Kant on Existence. Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (4):511 - 523.
Richard L. Mendelsohn (2005). The Philosophy of Gottlob Frege. Cambridge University Press.
Timothy Rosenkoetter (2010). Absolute Positing, the Frege Anticipation Thesis, and Kant's Definitions of Judgment. European Journal of Philosophy 18 (4):539-566.
Phil Corkum (2013). Aristotle on Predication. European Journal of Philosophy 21 (2).
Brandon C. Look (2011). Leibniz, Kant and Frege on the Existence Predicate. In H. Breger, J. Herbst & S. Erdner (eds.), Natur und Subjekt: Akten des IX. Internationalen Leibniz-Kongresses. Hartmann.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads127 ( #6,986 of 1,100,864 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #80,800 of 1,100,864 )
How can I increase my downloads?