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Content recarving as subject matter restriction


Abstraction principles
Content recarving
Subject matter.

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CICCARELLI, V. Content recarving as subject matter restriction. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 42, n. 1, p. 45–90, 2019. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 set. 2023.


In this article I offer an explicating interpretation of the procedure of content recarving as described by Frege in §64 of the Foundations of Arithmetic. I argue that the procedure of content recarving may be interpreted as an operation that while restricting the subject matter of a sentence, performs a generalization on what the sentence says about its subject matter. The characterization of the recarving operation is given in the setting of Yablo’s theory of subject matter and it is based on the relation of determination between properties. The main advantage of the proposal is its generality, for it is applicable not just to the case of abstraction principles.



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