Absolute Generality by Agustin Rayo

Absolute Generality

EditorAgustin Rayo, Gabriel Uzquiano

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Is it possible to quantify over absolutely all there is? Or must all of our quantifiers range over a less-than-all-inclusive domain? It has commonly been thought that the question of absolute generality is intimately connected with the set-theoretic antinomies. But the topic of absolutegenerality has enjoyed a surge of interest in recent years. It has become increasingly apparent that its ramifications extend well beyond the foundations of set theory. Connections include semantic indeterminacy, logical consequence, higher-order languages, and metaphysics.Rayo and Uzquiano present for the first time a collection of essays on absolute generality. These newly commissioned articles -- written by an impressive array of international scholars -- draw the reader into the forefront of contemporary research on the subject. The volume represents a variety ofapproaches to the problem, with some of the contributions arguing for the possibility of all-inclusive quantification and some of them arguing against it. An introduction by the editors draws a helpful map of the philosophical terrain.

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Agustin Rayo is at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Gabriel Uzquiano is at The Ohio State University.
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Title:Absolute GeneralityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:December 23, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Agustin Rayo and Gabriel Uzquiano: Introduction1. Kit Fine: Relatively Unrestricted Quantification2. Michael Glanzberg: Context and Unrestricted Quantification3. Geoffrey Hellman: Against 'Absolutely Everything'!4. Shaughan Lavine: Something About Everything: Universal Quantification in the Universal Sense of Universal Quantification5. Oystein Linnebo: Sets, Properties, and Unrestricted Quantification6. Vann McGee: There's a Rule for Everything7. Charles Parsons: The Problem of Absolute Universality8. Agustin Rayo: Beyond Plurals9. Stewart Shapiro and Crispin Wright: All Things Indefinitely Extensible10. Gabriel Uzquiano: Unrestricted Unrestricted Quantification: The Cardinal Problem of Absolute Generality11. Alan Weir: Is it too much to ask, to ask for everything?12. Timothy Williamson: Absolute Identity and Absolute Generality

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"Rayo and Uzquiano have put together a fine collection of essays on this knotty issue.... The volume starts with a brief introduction by the editors, which nicely sets the scene. As one would expect from a bunch of logicians of this calibre, the essays are insightful, thought provoking, and often technically clever."--Graham Priest, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews