, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 79–92

The Incompleteness of the World and Its Consequences


DOI: 10.1007/s12133-012-0113-y

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Westerhoff, J. Int Ontology Metaphysics (2013) 14: 79. doi:10.1007/s12133-012-0113-y


In the recent literature we find various arguments against the possibility of absolutely general quantification. Far from being merely a technical question in the philosophy of logic, the impossibility of absolutely general quantification (if established) would have severe consequence for ontology, for it would imply the non-existence of the world as traditionally conceived. This paper will investigate these implications for ontology and consider some possible ways of addressing them.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK
  2. 2.School of Oriental and African StudiesLondonUK