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Words without objects : semantics, ontology, and logic for non-singularity

Author: Henry Laycock
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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"A picture of the world as chiefly one of discrete objects, distributed in space and time, has sometimes seemed compelling. It is however one of two main targets of Henry Laycock's book; for it is seriously incomplete. The picture, he argues, leaves no space for stuff like air and water. With discrete objects, we may always ask 'how many?', but with stuff the question has to be 'how much?' Within philosophy, stuff  Read more...
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Laycock, Henry.
Words without objects.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)648390159
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Laycock
ISBN: 0199281718 9780199281718
OCLC Number: 62796070
Description: xvi, 202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. A Proposed Semantical Solution to the So-called --
'Problem of Mass Nouns' --
1.0 Metaphysics without bodies --
1.1 Metaphysics without physical objects --
1.2 Persistence, things, and stuff --
1.3 Unity, identity, and the semantic turn --
1.4 A proposed semantical solution to the so-called 'problem of mass nouns' --
1.5 Non-singular identities and definite non-count descriptions --
1.6 Syntax, semantics, metaphysics: bridging the apparent gaps --
1.7 Counting and measuring --
1.8 Post mortem on 'mass nouns' --
2. In Thrall to the Idea of The One --
2.0 The supposed exhaustiveness of singular reference. 2.1 'The many bundled as 'the one' --
2.2 Plurality and two conceptions of group-talk --
2.3 Two kinds of motivation for collections --
2.4 Collective reference --
2.5 Collective predication and 'the class as many' --
2.6 Platonism: 'the class as many' as an object --
2.7 Nominalism: 'the class as many' as no object --
2.8 The variable of many values --
2.9 Collections born again --
3. Non-count Descriptions and Non-singularity --
3.0 'The much' repackaged as 'the one' --
3.1 Conditions of uniqueness --
3.2 The Theory of Descriptions (yet again) defended --
3.3 The mechanics of non-count descriptions --
3.4 Non-distributive predication --
4. Quantification and its Discontents --
4.0 The classical model --
4.1 Roadblocks to non-singularity; meaning and truth-conditions --
4.2 Non-singular quantification: the distinct semantic powers of 'all' and 'some' --
4.3 Generality and distribution en masse --
4.4 The non-count cases --
4.5 Variables, instances, and samples --
5. The Ideal Language Project and the Non-discrete --
5.0 Ideal languages --
5.1 Conditions for transparency --
5.2 Power versus clarity --
5.3 Reference and material 'non-entities' --
5.4 The realms of multiplicity and unity --
5.5 Two kinds of plural sentences --
5.6 Concrete and generic non-count sentences and their material basis --
5.7 The reality of substances.
Responsibility: Henry Laycock.
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