Vagueness, kant and topology: A study of formal epistemology

Giovanni Boniolo, Silvio Valentini

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Abstract

In this paper we propose an approach to vagueness characterised by two features. The first one is philosophical: we move along a Kantian path emphasizing the knowing subject's conceptual apparatus. The second one is formal: to face vagueness, and our philosophical view on it, we propose to use topology and formal topology. We show that the Kantian and the topological features joined together allow us an atypical, but promising, way of considering vagueness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-168
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Philosophical Logic
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • Concept
  • Constitution
  • Explication
  • Formal topology
  • Topology
  • Transcendentalism
  • Vagueness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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