Indefinites and intentional identity

Philosophical Studies 168 (2):371-395 (2014)

Samuel John Cumming
Rutgers University - New Brunswick (PhD)
This paper investigates the truth conditions of sentences containing indefinite noun phrases, focusing on occurrences in attitude reports, and, in particular, a puzzle case due to Walter Edelberg. It is argued that indefinites semantically contribute the (thought-)object they denote, in a manner analogous to attributive definite descriptions. While there is an existential reading of attitude reports containing indefinites, it is argued that the existential quantifier is contributed by the de re interpretation of the indefinite (as the de re reading adds existential quantification to the interpretation of definites on Kaplan’s analysis)
Keywords Indefinites  Intentional identity  Attitude reports  Truth conditions  Referential/attributive  de re/de dicto
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-013-0131-9
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