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Unpublished Paper
Rampant Non-Factualism: A Metaphysical Framework and its Treatment of Vagueness
. (2017)
  • Alexander Jackson, Boise State University
Abstract
Rampant non-factualism is the view that all non-fundamental matters are non-factual, in a sense inspired by Kit Fine (2001). The first half of this paper argues that if we take non-factualism seriously for any matters, such as morality, then we should take rampant non-factualism seriously. The second half of the paper argues that rampant non-factualism makes possible an attractive theory of vagueness. We can give non-factualist accounts of non-fundamental matters that nicely characterize the vagueness they manifest (if any). I suggest that such non-factualist theories dissolve philosophical puzzlement about vagueness. In particular, the approach implies that philosophers should not try to say which of the sorites-paradox­-forming claims are true; we should not try to solve the sorites paradox in that sense.    
Keywords
  • vagueness,
  • non-factualism,
  • metaphysics
Publication Date
June, 2017
Citation Information
Alexander Jackson. "Rampant Non-Factualism: A Metaphysical Framework and its Treatment of Vagueness" . (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alexander_jackson/13/