Sorites paradoxes appear to show that vague expressions are empty; any vaguely drawn distinction is subverted. Most philosophies of vagueness postulate a reality at odds with this appearance; vague expressions are assigned meanings to which sorites reasoning is not faithful. Frege took a contrary view: no genuine distinction can be vaguely drawn; since vague expressions are not properly meaningful, there is nothing for sorites reasoning to betray; they are empty. Such a view is nihilist.