Vague Analysis

Metaphysica 11 (2):223-233 (2010)
It might be thought that vagueness precludes the possibility of classical conceptual analysis and, thus, that the classical or definitional view of the nature of complex concepts is incorrect. The present paper argues that classical analysis can be had for concepts expressed by vague language since (1) all of the general theories of vagueness are compatible with the thesis that all complex concepts have classical analyses and also that (2) the meaning of vague expressions can be analyzed by having the degree of vagueness of a given analysandum be mapped onto the vagueness of an analysans.
Keywords Vagueness  Analysis  Concept  Sorites paradox
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DOI 10.1007/s12133-010-0070-2
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