24.1904, Books: Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language: Moltmann

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Date: Thu, 02 May 2013 10:00:36
From: Annie Leyman [annie.leyman at oup.com]
Subject: Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language: Moltmann

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Title: Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language 
Publication Year: 2013 
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199608744.do 


Author: Friederike Moltmann

Hardback: ISBN:  9780199608744 Pages: 256 Price: U.K. £ 40.00


Abstract:

Abstract objects have been a central topic in philosophy since antiquity.
Philosophers have defended various views about abstract objects by appealing
to metaphysical considerations, considerations regarding mathematics or
science, and, not infrequently, intuitions about natural language. This book
pursues the question of how and whether natural language allows for reference
to abstract objects in a fully systematic way. By making full use of
contemporary linguistic semantics, it presents a much greater range of
linguistic generalizations than has previously been taken into consideration
in philosophical discussions, and it argues for an ontological picture is very
different from that generally taken for granted by philosophers and
semanticists alike. Reference to abstract objects such as properties, numbers,
propositions, and degrees is considerably more marginal than generally held.
Instead, natural language is rather generous in allowing reference to
particularized properties (tropes), the use of nonreferential expressions in
apparent referential position, and the use of 'nominalizing expressions', such
as quantifiers like 'something'. Reference to abstract objects is achieved
generally only by the use of 'reifying terms', such as 'the number eight'.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
                     Semantics


Written In: English  (eng)

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