Unrestricted Quantification

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Semantic interpretations of both natural and formal languages are usually taken to involve the specification of a domain of entities with respect to which the sentences of the language are to be evaluated. A question that has received much attention of late is whether there is unrestricted quantification, quantification over a domain comprising absolutely everything there is. Is there a discourse or inquiry that has absolute generality? After framing the debate, this article provides an overview of the main arguments for and against the possibility of unrestricted quantification, highlighting some of the broader implications of the debate.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-454
JournalPhilosophy Compass
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2014