# Existential generalization

In predicate logic, **existential generalization**[1][2] (also known as **existential introduction**, **∃I**) is a valid rule of inference that allows one to move from a specific statement, or one instance, to a quantified generalized statement, or existential proposition. In first-order logic, it is often used as a rule for the existential quantifier () in formal proofs.

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Example: "Rover loves to wag his tail. Therefore, something loves to wag its tail."

In the Fitch-style calculus:

Where replaces all free instances of within .[3]

## Quine

According to Willard Van Orman Quine, universal instantiation and existential generalization are two aspects of a single principle, for instead of saying that implies , we could as well say that the denial implies . The principle embodied in these two operations is the link between quantifications and the singular statements that are related to them as instances. Yet it is a principle only by courtesy. It holds only in the case where a term names and, furthermore, occurs referentially.[4]

## See also

## References

- Copi, Irving M.; Cohen, Carl (2005).
*Introduction to Logic*. Prentice Hall. - Hurley, Patrick (1991).
*A Concise Introduction to Logic 4th edition*. Wadsworth Publishing. - pg. 347. Jon Barwise and John Etchemendy,
*Language proof and logic*Second Ed., CSLI Publications, 2008. - Willard Van Orman Quine; Roger F. Gibson (2008). "V.24. Reference and Modality".
*Quintessence*. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Here: p.366.