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Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 39, 2008

Philosophy of Language

Joongol Kim
Pages 121-127

Numerical Predication

Numerical predication as in ‘Quine and Goodman are two (in number)' has been cited as a chief example of non-distributive predication that shows the need for a logic of plural terms (as opposed to the standard logic that only admits singular terms). This paper argues that numerical predicates like ‘to be two (in number)' are spurious and should be eliminated in favor of singular numerical quantifiers.