Philosophical Studies 172 (5):1183-1200 (2015)

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Geoff Georgi
West Virginia University
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The standard truth-conditional semantics for substitutional quantification, due to Saul Kripke, does not specify what proposition is expressed by sentences containing the particular substitutional quantifier. In this paper, I propose an alternative semantics for substitutional quantification that does. The key to this semantics is identifying an appropriate propositional function to serve as the content of a bound occurrence of a formula containing a free substitutional variable. I apply this semantics to traditional philosophical reasons for interest in substitutional quantification, namely, theories of truth and ontological commitment
Keywords Substitutional quantification  Semantics  Truth  Ontological commitment  Kripke
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On Being Called Something.Geoff Georgi - 2017 - Linguistics and Philosophy 40 (6):595-619.

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