Accession Number:

AD0725065

Title:

The Generic Conception of the Universal,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

HEBREW UNIV JERUSALEM (ISRAEL) APPLIED LOGIC BRANCH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

The view that generic noun phrases denote universals of a certain kind genera is untenable. This applies not only to noun phrases formed with generic the, but also to mass nouns, plural-noun phrases, and phrases with generic a. Two ways of construing generic phrases as singular terms are attempted without success. 1 Genera are construed after Twardowski as representative objects having all, only, or all and only those properties exemplified by all of their instances. 2 Genera are identified with the products of abstraction in the sense of Lorenzen. It is concluded that the seeming singular-term use of generics involves implicit universal quantification. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE