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Chateaubriand. Metaphysics. Properties. Negation. Semantics. Logic

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VALLÉE, Richard. On not being a dentist. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 27, n. 1, p. 227–233, 2016. Disponível em: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/manuscrito/article/view/8644305. Acesso em: 13 abr. 2024.

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Negative properties, like not flying, are controversial. I oppose Chateaubriand’s view on these properties and offer semantic arguments against their inclusion in ontology. I distinguish predicate negation and sentential negation, and examine the syntactic and semantic behaviour of predicate negation. I contend that predicate negation is identical with sentential negation. If it is not, then we lose a lot of intuitive inferences found in natural languages and make no clear metaphysical gain. Other arguments based on Ockham’s razor are offered.
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