Philosophy Compass 16 (10):1-11 (2021)

Lukas Skiba
Universität Hamburg
Subverting a once widely held Quinean paradigm, there is a growing consensus among philosophers of logic that higher-order quantifiers (which bind variables in the syntactic position of predicates and sentences) are a perfectly legitimate and useful instrument in the logico-philosophical toolbox, while neither being reducible to nor fully explicable in terms of first-order quantifiers (which bind variables in singular term position). This article discusses the impact of this quantificational paradigm shift on metaphysics, focussing on theories of properties, propositions, and identity, as well as on the metaphysics of modality.
Keywords Higher-Order Quantification  Higher-Order Logic  Properties  Propositions  Facts  Identity  Modality  Higher-Order Metaphysics
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12756
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