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Single Idea 11028

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / F. Referring in Logic / 3. Property (λ-) Abstraction]

Full Idea

λ-abstraction can be used to abstract and disambiguate a predicate. De re is [λx◊P(x)](f) - f has the possible-P property - and de dicto is ◊[λxP(x)](f) - possibly f has the P-property. Also applies to □.

Gist of Idea

λ-abstraction disambiguates the scope of modal operators


Melvin Fitting (Intensional Logic [2007], 3.3)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.15

A Reaction

Compare the Barcan formula. Originated with Church in the 1930s, and Carnap 1947, but revived by Stalnaker and Thomason 1968. Because it refers to the predicate, it has a role in intensional versions of logic, especially modal logic.