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VELOSO, Paulo Augusto Silva. On ‘almost all’ and some presuppositions. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 22, n. 2, p. 469–505, 1999. Disponível em: Acesso em: 25 jul. 2024.


We examine some issues concerning a logical system for the precise treatment of assertions involving “almost all” objects and analyse its underlying ideas. We concentrate on the usage of ultrafilters for capturing the intended meaning of “almost universal” assertions by analysing its underlying presuppositions and some basic intuitions. We first reasses the ultrafiltre proposal, suggesting na alternative interpretation, and then analyse a few questions, trying to overcome some objections against using ultrafilters.



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