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[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / E. Structures of Logic / 7. Predicates in Logic]

Full Idea

Quantification over (certain) properties can be mimicked in a language with a truth predicate by quantifying over formulas. Instead of saying that Tom has the property of being a poor philosopher, we can say 'x is a poor philosopher' is true of Tom.

Gist of Idea

Instead of saying x has a property, we can say a formula is true of x - as long as we have 'true'


Volker Halbach (Axiomatic Theories of Truth (2005 ver) [2005], 1.1)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.2

A Reaction

I love this, and think it is very important. He talks of 'mimicking' properties, but I see it as philosophers mistakenly attributing properties, when actually what they were doing is asserting truths involving certain predicates.