This chapter addresses the so-called free choice effects of disjunction under existential quantification. The effect has received most attention in modal contexts, specifically as free choice permission. Consequently, a broad range of analyses trace the reason for free choice effects at its interaction with modality. I will argue that free choice effects arise with any kind of existential quantification, and that an analysis should hence not essentially rest on modality. I propose that a Boolean analysis of or, in concert with specific interpretation of existentials, is sufficient to derive the observed effects. It is moreover proposed that the reinterpretation of existential quantifiers is made necessary by a principle of or-licensing which is the second cornerstone of the analysis.


Free Choice Epistemic Uncertainty Epistemic Modality Epistemic Possibility Modal Context 
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  • Regine Eckardt
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  1. 1.University of GöttingenGemany

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