Philosophical Studies

, Volume 148, Issue 3, pp 369–385

Inexpressible properties and Grelling’s antinomy


DOI: 10.1007/s11098-008-9329-7

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Schnieder, B. Philos Stud (2010) 148: 369. doi:10.1007/s11098-008-9329-7


The paper discusses whether there are strictly inexpressible properties. Three main points are argued for: (i) Two different senses of ‘predicate t expresses property p’ should be distinguished. (ii) The property of being a predicate that does not apply to itself is inexpressible in one of the senses of ‘express’, but not in the other. (iii) Since the said property is related to Grelling’s Antinomy, it is further argued that the antinomy does not imply the non-existence of that property.


PropertiesInexpressibilityGrelling’s paradoxRussell’s paradox

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für PhilosophieHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany