Existence, Quantification and Identity

  • Fabrice Correia
  • Sven Rosenkranz
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 395)


In this chapter we introduce the distinction between permanentist and temporaryist ontologies and present a non-classical theory of unrestricted quantification and identity that is compatible with either type of view. We discuss and defuse a recent objection that temporaryism cannot accommodate unrestricted quantification. In Sect. 2.1 we use temporal operators and quantification in order to articulate the core tenets of permanentism and temporaryism, and show that static conceptions of reality are committed to permanentism. In Sect. 2.2 we observe that classical quantification theory favours permanentism, and for reasons of neutrality, replace it by a quantification theory that, jointly with corresponding axioms for identity, yields a positive free logic. In Sect. 2.3 we reject T. Williamson’s argument meant to show that temporaryists should endorse the so-called temporal being constraint, lest they be accused of using restricted quantification when articulating their view.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabrice Correia
    • 1
  • Sven Rosenkranz
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Département de PhilosophieUniversité de GenèveGenèveSwitzerland
  2. 2.ICREABarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Departament de FilosofiaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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