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Thursday, October 18, 2012


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Please pardon my late comment on this post.

I'm not as confident as you are that "have an interesting evolutionary history" is non-distributive. Though no one horse has evolved, each horse does have an ancestry (that is, each horse has ancestors), and this ancestry reveals or encodes an evolutionary history. If *that* is the sort of property expressed by "have an interesting evolutionary history", then I'd think that it *is* distributive. But suppose not. Suppose that "have an interesting evolutionary history" expresses a non-distributive property. Well then, I'd suggest that PvI could have chosen a better example (like "have mothers") that would have illustrated the point just as well. To say that horses exist is to say of each horses that they exist, just as to say that horses have mothers is to say of horses that they have mothers.

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