Synthese 190 (4):693-707 (2013)

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Ulrich Meyer
Colgate University
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To define new property terms, we combine already familiar ones by means of certain logical operations. Given suitable constraints, these operations may presumably include the resources of first-order logic: truth-functional sentence connectives and quantification over objects. What is far less clear is whether we can also use modal operators for this purpose. This paper clarifies what is involved in this question, and argues in favor of modal property definitions.
Keywords Property Definitions  Modal Operators  Dispositions  Theoretical Definitions
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