Posted: Oct 09, 2011 2:36 pm
by Teuton
mizvekov wrote:
But '5' describes the property 'number of fingers' of my left hand.


No, "5" stands for an object, while "number of fingers (of your left hand)" stands for a concept.
"The number of fingers of my left hand is 5" is an identity statement:
"The number of fingers of my left hand = 5."
("Number of fingers of my left hand" stands for a concept, but the definite description "the number of fingers of my left hand" stands for an object just like the numerical "5".)
The numerical "5" is part of the predicate "has 5/five fingers", which represents the property of having 5/five fingers; but this doesn't mean that "5" alone represents a property rather than an object.