Quantifiers and temporal ontology

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Eternalists say that non-present entities (for instance dinosaurs) exist; presentists say that they do not. But some sceptics deny that this debate is genuine, claiming that presentists simply represent eternalists' quantifiers over non-present entities in different notation. This scepticism may be refuted on purely logical grounds: one of the leading candidate 'presentist quantifiers' over non-present things has the inferential role of a quantifier. The dispute over whether non-present objects exist is as genuine and non-verbal as the dispute over whether there is life on other planets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-97
Number of pages23
Issue number457
StatePublished - 2006

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  • Philosophy


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