Complex demonstratives as quantifiers: Objections and replies

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In "Complex Demonstratives: A Quantificational Account" (MIT Press 2001) (henceforth CD), I argued that complex demonstratives are quantifiers. Many philosophers had held that demonstratives, both simple and complex, are referring terms. Since the publication of CD various objections to the account of complex demonstratives I defended in it have been raised. In the present work, I lay out these objections and respond to them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-242
Number of pages34
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • Complex demonstratives
  • Demonstratives
  • Formal semantics
  • Indexicals
  • Propositions
  • Quantifiers
  • Reference
  • Referring expressions
  • Semantics
  • Singular propositions


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