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By Machado De Assis

Machado de Assis (1839-1908) is the nice Brazilian writer of thinker or puppy? and Epitaph of a Small Winner, whose paintings is fashionable by way of writers as assorted as Salman Rushdie, Carlos Fuentes, Woody Allen and Susan Sontag. Taken from his mature interval, those stunning tales echo Poe and Gogol, expect Joyce, and feature been in comparison to the writing of Chekhov, Maupassant and Henry James, but his sleek sensibility and clear-eyed humour stay totally distinctive.

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Frege, “the father of modern mathematical logic,” and Peirce are usually declared the first modern philosophers to focus on the problem of vagueness. Frege created in his 1879 Begriffsschrift (Concept-notation) a formal language to avoid ordinary language’s ambiguities. He argued: If it is a question of the truth of something . . We have to throw aside concepts that do not have a meaning . . These are . . such as have vague boundaries. ”59 Frege, and Russell in his wake, turned their backs on ordinary language’s slipperiness in order to address crucial logical questions.

From the James brothers’ “re-instatement of the vague” in philosophy and literary criticism, I will move to demonstrate the ways in which Henry James’s interest in vagueness manifests itself in his fiction, specifically in James’s resistance to marriage plots, investment in vague secrets, and abstract dialogue. I start with James’s first novel, Watch and Ward, a text that is under-examined by James critics, perhaps because James himself disowned it. With its happily-ever-married conclusion and virtuous protagonists, Watch and Ward crystallizes the novelistic tradition from which James was turning away.

71) Ramsey’s influence on Wittgenstein’s philosophical revisions in Philosophical Investigations is undeniable – in the Preface, Wittgenstein notes that “to a degree which I myself am hardly able to estimate,” the changes were instigated “by the criticism which my ideas encountered from Frank Ramsey, with whom I discussed them in innumerable conversations during the last two years of his life” (PI xe). Similarly, Ramsey himself stressed Peirce’s influence on his own later thought; in “Truth and Probability” (1929), he writes, “What follows to the end of the section is almost entirely based on the writings of C.

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