Everything
Williamson (Timothy)
Source: Philosophical Perspectives, Volume 17, Issue 1, February 2003, Pages 415-465
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  1. I am about to take a flight. Everything is packed into my carry-on baggage.
  2. On reading the last sentence, did you interpret me as saying falsely that everything — everything in the entire universe — was packed into my carry-on baggage?
  3. Probably not. In ordinary language, ‘everything’ and other quantifiers (‘something’, ‘nothing’, ‘every dog’, ...) often carry a tacit restriction to a domain of contextually relevant objects, such as the things that I need to take with me on my journey.
  4. Thus a sentence of the form ‘Everything Fs’ is true as uttered in a context C if and only if everything that is relevant in C satisfies the predicate ‘F’; ‘everything’ ranges just over the contextually relevant things. Such generality is restricted in a context-relative way.

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