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Intermediate Quantities Logic, Linguistics and Aristotelian Semantics

By Philip Peterson Copyright 2017
    294 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This title was first published in 2000:  Intermediate quantifiers express logical quantities which fall between Aristotle's two quantities of categorical propositions - universal and particular. "Few", "many" and "most" express the most commonly referred to intermediate quantifiers, but this book argues that an infinite number can be understood through a deeper examination of the logical nature of all intermediate quantifiers. Presenting and analyzing the logical and linguistic features of intermediate quantifiers, in a fashion typical of traditional logic, Philip L. Peterson presents an account integrating the logic and semantics of intermediate quantifiers with the two traditional quantities by traditional methods. Having introduced the basic idea of how to approach the task in the first chapter, with heavy emphasis on the linguistic meanings and ordinary uses of English intermediate quantifier expressions, Peterson then undertakes the task of completely integrating the three basic intermediate quantities into traditional logic in the following chapter.

    Preface -- Introduction -- 1 “Few”, “Many”, and “Most” -- 2 The Compleat Syllogistic: Including Rules and Venn Diagrams for Five Quantities (with Robert Carnes) -- 3 The Grammar of Some English Quantifiers -- 4 Complexly Fractionated Quantifiers -- 5 Distribution and Proportion -- 6 Reasonings About Relations Bibliography -- Index.


    Professor of Philosophy. Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University New York, USA.