Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 1 (3):246-251 (2012)

Robert Trueman
University of York
A neutralist framework is an account of the second-order quantifiers which does not by itself tell us what the ontological commitments of second-order quantification are, but which does tell us that those commitments cannot exceed those of predication. Recently, Wright has suggested that an inferentialist account of the second-order quantifiers is an adequate neutralist framework. I show that we do not have to become inferentialists in the pursuit of a neutralist framework: such a framework can be established within the semantic tradition
Keywords neutralism  Wright  second‐order logic  ontological commitment  Quine
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DOI 10.1002/tht3.41
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