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Single Idea 10401

[catalogued under 19. Language / C. Assigning Meanings / 3. Predicates]

Full Idea

All sorts of combinations of copulas ('is') with verbs, adverbs, adjectives, determiners, common nouns, noun phrases and prepositional phrases go over into the familiar Fs and Gs of standard logical notation.

Gist of Idea

The F and G of logic cover a huge range of natural language combinations


Chris Swoyer (Properties [2000], 1.2)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.5

A Reaction

This is a nice warning of how misleading logic can be when trying to understand how we think about reality. Montague semantics is an attempt to tackle the problem. Numbers as adjectives are a clear symptom of the difficulties.