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By Achille C. Varzi

Like the magazine TOPOl, the TOPOl Library is predicated at the assumption that philosophy is a full of life, provocative, pleasant task, which continually demanding situations our inherited behavior, painstakingly elaborates on how issues may be assorted, in different tales, in counterfactual events, in replacement attainable worlds. no matter what its ideology, no matter if with the purpose of uncovering a more true constitution of truth or of capturing our nervousness, of revealing myths or of following them via, the result of philosophical task is often the destabilizing, unsettling new release of doubts, of objections, of criticisms. It follows that this job is intrinsically a discussion, that philosophy is firstly philosophical dialogue, that it calls for bringing out conflicting issues of view, paying cautious, sympathetic recognition to their constitution, and utilizing this dialectic to articulate one's strategy, 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 one in every of tolerance, of consistently suspecting one's personal blindness and hence having a look with independent eye in each comer, with no fearing to move a (fallible) judgment on what's there but in addition with no failing to teach curiosity and respect.

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Hence, we may suggest, valuations on a model that is not sharp may be construed from the relevant class of sharp models, for the latter provides the same relevant informational input. It is precisely this suggestion-based on both sides of the coin, as it were-that I wish to exploit here. c(x) for each context in CM. In other words, the outputs of a valuation l\' will generally approximate membership in U1{l, just as the outputs of d and h. Should we insist on the principle that the values of a compound expression are always exhaustively determined by the values of its component parts (the "compositionality principle"), a battle of intuitions could arise as to the correct formulation of the inductive clause.

Similarly, according to our definition a constriction of an inconsistent stratified model M is a non-stratified model M' where relations behave functionally (relative to h). Once again, I take this to be a minor issue: one can always define a correspondence between models that are completions (constrictions) in our sense and models that are completions (constrictions) in the alternative sense, claiming that the former "represent" the latter. For my purposes this will suffice. FDUNDATIONS 43 Note that these facts are a natural byproduct of the way we extended the standard notion of a model.

As the only admissible models, and different assumptions will correspond to different selections. 2o I shall return to these general issues in the next chapter, when the overall picture will be more complete. 2 includes as a special case those models that do not involve any kind of contextdependence. Such extensional models-as we may call them-may be 20 For more discussion on this point, see Varzi [1994b]. FOUNDATIONS 33 identified with those models M whose context set C is a singleton. In this case the notation introduced above is slightly redundant.

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