Accession Number : AD0725065

Title :   The Generic Conception of the Universal,

Corporate Author : HEBREW UNIV JERUSALEM (ISRAEL) APPLIED LOGIC BRANCH

Personal Author(s) : Bacon,John

Report Date : MAR 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 42

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)

Descriptors :   (*SEMANTICS, THEORY), PHILOSOPHY, ISRAEL

Subject Categories : Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE