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By Achille C. Varzi

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Like the magazine TOPOl, the TOPOl Library is predicated at the assumption that philosophy is a full of life, provocative, pleasant task, which regularly demanding situations our inherited conduct, painstakingly elaborates on how issues might be assorted, in different tales, in counterfactual occasions, in substitute attainable worlds. no matter what its ideology, no matter if with the cause of uncovering a more true constitution of truth or of taking pictures our anxiousness, of revealing myths or of following them via, the result of philosophical job is usually the destabilizing, unsettling new release of doubts, of objections, of criticisms. It follows that this task is intrinsically a discussion, that philosophy is at first philosophical dialogue, that it calls for bringing out conflicting issues of view, paying cautious, sympathetic cognizance to their constitution, and utilizing this dialectic to articulate one's procedure, to make it richer, extra considerate, extra open to version and play. And it follows that the spirit which one brings to this job has to be certainly one of tolerance, of constantly suspecting one's personal blindness and accordingly having a look with independent eye in each comer, with no fearing to cross a (fallible) judgment on what's there but in addition with out failing to teach curiosity and respect.

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I have defended it in Varzi [1994a]. In general terms, the idea is rooted in the theory of cylindric algebras originated with Henkin [1950] and Tarski [1952]. , on every assignment C'E CM that coincides with c except possibly for the value assigned to v. c,r: tET). c" -+ D, for each tE T. ,t',v) as thefunctional abstractor of type (t',(t,t~) binding the corresponding variable v, every constant symbol having constant denotations of the right sort. 5. AUXILIARY NOTIONS I conclude this section by defining a couple of simple notions that will playa pivotal role in the remainder of this work.

Some languages qualify as models for themselves and some models qualify as languages. However, nothing incongruous will arise from this fact. Some further notation and terminology will be useful. £ may naturally be classified into two major (overlapping) classes. On the one hand, some models provide the language with a complete interpretation: they assign at least one denotation per context to each symbol, and their structural operation is such as to assign at least one value per context to each possible pair of arguments of the appropriate type.

N{ for all (p,t)e 1)s: d(P,t) = d '(P,t): M'~ M} for all (x,y)e1)h: h(x,y) =n{h'(x,y): M'~M}. £, by means of a class of classes of sharp models: to each constriction of M there corresponds a class of completions thereof. And (6') says that the constituents of M can be characterized in terms of the constituents of such "sharpenings": for all (p,t)e1)s: d(P,t) =U{n{d'(p,t): M'~M"}: M"~M} for all (x,y)e1)h: h(x,y) =U{n{h'(x,y): M'~M"}: M"~M}. There are many interesting morals one could draw from these facts.

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