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Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Notwithstanding various attempts at explaining existential import in non-presuppositional terms, it is argued that the Strawsonian view remains the best: existential import is a matter of presupposition. More accurately: it is argued that Strawson's mature view, as expressed in his paper of 1964, provides the best account of speakers' intuitions. This entails that the semantic approach to presupposition, associated with Strawson's earlier work, goes by the board. It also entails that thedoi:10.1007/978-1-4020-6197-4_9 fatcat:4xjscch74jh6vpocln4mvxj2si