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Single Idea 10715

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 10. Properties as Predicates]

Full Idea

Properties in semantic theory: functions from worlds to extensions ('Californian'), reference, as opposed to sense, of predicates (Frege), reference to universals (Russell), reference to situations (Barwise/Perry), and composition from context (Lewis).

Gist of Idea

There are five main semantic theories for properties


Alex Oliver (The Metaphysics of Properties [1996], 02 n12)

Book Reference

-: 'Mind' [-], p.16

A Reaction

[compressed; 'Californian' refers to Carnap and Montague; the Lewis view is p,67 of Oliver]. Frege misses out singular terms, or tries to paraphrase them away. Barwise and Perry sound promising to me. Situations involve powers.