Existence Predicates

Synthese 197 (1):311-335 (2020)
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Abstract

Natural languages generally distinguishes among different existence predicates for different types of entities, such as English 'exist', 'occur', and 'obtain'. The paper gives an in-depth discussion and analysis of a range of existence predicates in natural language within the general project of descriptive metaphysics, or more specifically ‘natural language ontology’.

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Friederike Moltmann
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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