Intransitivity and vague preferences

Journal of Ethics 11 (4):377 - 403 (2007)
This paper is concerned with intransitivity in normative rational choice. It focuses on a class of intransitivities which have received little attention, those involving vague preferences. “Vague preferences” are defined in terms of vague predicates such as “red” or “bald.” Such preferences appear common, and intransitive indifference is argued to be an unavoidable feature of them. Such preferences are argued to undermine intransitive strict preference also. Various formal theories of vagueness are applied to an example of vague preferences, but none of them provide a justification for the transitivity axiom
Keywords preference  rational choice theory  rationality  transitivity  vagueness
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DOI 10.2307/20728516
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