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Vagueness, Metaphysics, and Objectivity

Stewart Shapiro

in Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, its Nature, & its Logic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199570386
eISBN:
9780191722134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

One much discussed issue concerns the metaphysical nature, or the source or cause, of vagueness. Is vagueness a purely linguistic matter, concerned (merely) with how the world gets represented via ... More


Essential Knowledge

Hale Bob

in Necessary Beings: An Essay on Ontology, Modality, and the Relations Between Them

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199669578
eISBN:
9780191765186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669578.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

How can we know about what must be or might have been so? The question poses a challenge to any account of the nature and basis of necessity and possibility. In the context of the essentialist ... More


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