<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Burge (Tyler) - A Theory of Aggregates (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperSummary_89.htm">A Theory of Aggregates</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Burge (Tyler).htm">Burge (Tyler)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Nous 11.2, May 1977, pp. 97-117</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=200><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperSummary_89.htm">Paper Summary</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Informal introductions to the mathematical notion of set standardly distinguish that notion from a vague nominalistic counterpart, a notion of aggregate. The latter notion seems worth refining because it is useful in giving semantically intelligible form to some discourse involving plural constructions and mass terms and because it can serve to sharpen certain issues regarding nominalism and set-theoretic realism. The semantical motivation is highlighted in the present version of the paper. A theory is sketched and applied to a number of examples. Emphasis is placed on the difference in the ways that <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_10.htm">sortal</A><SUP>1</SUP> predicates and mass-term predicates relate to the individuals of the theory.</ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T05:28" pubdate>02/08/2018 05:28:28</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>