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Single Idea 3322

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 12. Denial of Properties]

Full Idea

Quine assures us that if the specific mission of second-order logic is quantifying over properties, the task can readily be performed by first-order predicate logic, as in (Ex) x is a property, and (y) y has x.

Gist of Idea

Quine says that if second-order logic is to quantify over properties, that can be done in first-order predicate logic


report of Willard Quine (works [1961]) by Josť A. Benardete - Metaphysics: the logical approach Ch.10

Book Reference

Benardete,Josť A.: 'Metaphysics: The Logical Approach' [OUP 1989], p.64