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Frege’s views on vagueness


Vagueness. Sharp delimitation. Supervaluationism

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RUFFINO, Marco. Frege’s views on vagueness. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 26, n. 2, p. 253–277, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 18 abr. 2024.


The purpose of this paper is to discuss Frege’s view on vagueness, and to draw some relevant consequences of it. By examining what exactly Frege has in mind each time he complains about vagueness and advocates the sharpness requirement, I argue that he shows preoccupation with different kinds of vagueness in different periods of his thought. I also discuss the scope of the sharpness requirement, and argue that it is intended as applying primarily to mathematics and logic. Finally, I try and argue that some of Frege’s remarks on incomplete functions suggest a view that is close in spirit to the contemporary supervaluationist approach to vagueness.


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