Direct Reference and Vague Identity

Philosophical Topics 28 (1):175--94 (2000)
Abstract
Todd’s quip absurdly implies he knew that 30 carats is the threshold for vulgarity. But most philosophers think stopping here misses the root of the joke. They think there is a more fundamental absurdity; that it is even possible for a single carat to make the difference between a vulgar ring and a non-vulgar ring. We epistemicists defend the possibility.
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DOI 10.5840/philtopics200028123
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