Originally published in 1985. This study concerns the problem of treating identity as a relation between an object and itself. It addresses the Russellian and Fregean solutions and goes on to present in the first part a surfacist account of belief-context ambiguity requiring neither differences in relative scope nor distinctions between sense and reference. The second part offers an account of negative existentials, necessity and identity-statements which resolves problems unlike the Russell-Frege analyses. This is a detailed work in linguistics and philosophy.
Abstract of the Dissertation. Part 1 The problem 1. The Singular Term: An Ambiguous Name 2. Logically Distinct Does Not Mean Logically Independent 3. Belief-context Ambiguity 4. Conclusion Part 2 The Reference Theory of Meaning 5. The Picture Theory of Language 6. Particular Facts 7. General Facts 8. General Propositions and Propositional Functions 9. The Puzzles 10. Singular Sentences and Particular Propositions 11. Particular Propositions and General Propositions 12. The Particular 13. The Identity-relation
Reissuing works originally published between 1931 and 1990, this set of twenty-four books covers the full range of the philosophy of logic, from introductions to logic, to calculus and mathematical logic, to logic in language and linguistics and logical reasoning in law and ethics. An international array of authors are represented in this comprehensive collection.