Quantifiers and Temporal Ontology
Author: Sider, Theodore
Source: Mind, Volume 115, Number 457, January 2006 , pp. 75-97(23)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:Eternalists say that non-present entities (for instance dinosaurs) exist; presentists say that they do not. But some sceptics deny that this debate is genuine, claiming that presentists simply represent eternalists' quantifiers over non-present entities in different notation. This scepticism may be refuted on purely logical grounds: one of the leading candidate `presentist quantifiers' over non-present things has the inferential role of a quantifier. The dispute over whether non-present objects exist is as genuine and non-verbal as the dispute over whether there is life on other planets.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2006-01-01
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