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Single Idea 15891

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / G. Quantification / 1. Quantification]

Full Idea

The generalising function and the ontological function of discourse are elided in the traditional quantifier.

Gist of Idea

Traditional quantifiers combine ordinary language generality and ontology assumptions


Rom Harr (Laws of Nature [1993], 5)

Book Reference

Harr,Rom: 'Laws of Nature' [Duckworth 1993], p.111

A Reaction

This simple point strikes me as helping enormously to disentangle the mess created by over-emphasis on formal logic in ontology, and especially in the Quinean concept of 'ontological commitment'.