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Higher-Order Indeterminacy

Terence Parsons

in Indeterminate Identity

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250449
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681301 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250449.003.0012
Higher-Order Indeterminacy

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This chapter explores higher-order indeterminacy. There is indeterminacy if there is a question that has no answer. Meanwhile, there is a higher-order indeterminacy when it is indeterminate whether a certain question has an answer. There might not be any higher-order indeterminacy, but in case there is, two accounts of it are offered in the discussion. These accounts look at unsettledness as a status disjoint from truth, falsehood, and indeterminacy; and unsettledness as compatible with other statuses. This suggests that there must be some additional status in addition to: true, false, and indeterminate. A proposition is unsettled if there is no answer to the question, whether it is true, false, or indeterminate. The theory from earlier chapters can be accommodated within either account.

Keywords: higher-order indeterminacy; falsehood; unsettledness; pre-emptive truth

Chapter.  2879 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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