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Extensional and intensional collectives and the de re/de dicto distinction

Extensional and intensional collectives and the de re/de dicto distinction

Galton, Antony and Wood, Zena ORCID: 0000-0001-8843-9832 (2016) Extensional and intensional collectives and the de re/de dicto distinction. Applied Ontology, 11 (3). pp. 205-226. ISSN 1570-5838 (doi:10.3233/AO-160168)

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Abstract

Expressions designating collectives, such as "the committee" or "the ships in the port", may be interpreted de re or de dicto, depending on context, according as they pick out collectives defined by their members or collectives defined by some criterion for membership. We call these E(xtensional)-collectives and I(ntensional)-collectives respectively, and in this paper we explore in depth the relationship between these two categories. In particular, we identify important respects in which they differ, regarding the nature of the dependence of the collective on its members, the nature of the parthood relation in which the members stand to the whole, and, from an application perspective, the different methods used for identifying the two forms of collective from large spatio-temporal data-sets.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collectives; Collections; de re; de dicto
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Computing & Information Systems
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Last Modified: 31 Aug 2017 15:13
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16530

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