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  1. Being Metaphysically Unsettled: Barnes and Williams on Metaphysical Indeterminacy and Vagueness.Matti Eklund - 2011 - Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 6:6.
    This chapter discusses the defence of metaphysical indeterminacy by Elizabeth Barnes and Robert Williams and discusses a classical and bivalent theory of such indeterminacy. Even if metaphysical indeterminacy arguably is intelligible, Barnes and Williams argue in favour of it being so and this faces important problems. As for classical logic and bivalence, the chapter problematizes what exactly is at issue in this debate. Can reality not be adequately described using different languages, some classical and some not? Moreover, it is argued (...)
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  2. Tolerance and the Distributed Sorites.Zach Barnett - 2019 - Synthese 196 (3):1071-1077.
    On some accounts of vagueness, predicates like “is a heap” are tolerant. That is, their correct application tolerates sufficiently small changes in the objects to which they are applied. Of course, such views face the sorites paradox, and various solutions have been proposed. One proposed solution involves banning repeated appeals to tolerance, while affirming tolerance in any individual case. In effect, this solution rejects the reasoning of the sorites argument. This paper discusses a thorny problem afflicting this approach to vagueness. (...)
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  3. Moral Realism and Semantic Accounts of Moral Vagueness.Ali Abasnezhad - forthcoming - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy:1-13.
    Miriam Schoenfield argues that moral realism and moral vagueness imply ontic vagueness. In particular, she argues that neither shifty nor rigid semantic accounts of vagueness can provide a satisfactory explanation of moral vagueness for moral realists. This paper constitutes a response. I argue that Schoenfield's argument against the shifty semantic account presupposes that moral indeterminacies can, in fact, be resolved determinately by crunching through linguistic data. I provide different reasons for rejecting this assumption. Furthermore, I argue that Schoenfield's rejection of (...)
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  4. The Possibility of Vagueness.Kit Fine - 2017 - Synthese 194 (10):3699-3725.
    I present a new approach to the logic and semantics of vagueness.
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  5. Adjectival Vagueness in a Bayesian Model of Interpretation.Daniel Lassiter & Noah D. Goodman - 2017 - Synthese 194 (10):3801-3836.
    We derive a probabilistic account of the vagueness and context-sensitivity of scalar adjectives from a Bayesian approach to communication and interpretation. We describe an iterated-reasoning architecture for pragmatic interpretation and illustrate it with a simple scalar implicature example. We then show how to enrich the apparatus to handle pragmatic reasoning about the values of free variables, explore its predictions about the interpretation of scalar adjectives, and show how this model implements Edgington’s Vagueness: a reader, 1997) account of the sorites paradox, (...)
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  6. Vague Judgment: A Probabilistic Account.Paul Égré - 2017 - Synthese 194 (10):3837-3865.
    This paper explores the idea that vague predicates like “tall”, “loud” or “expensive” are applied based on a process of analog magnitude representation, whereby magnitudes are represented with noise. I present a probabilistic account of vague judgment, inspired by early remarks from E. Borel on vagueness, and use it to model judgments about borderline cases. The model involves two main components: probabilistic magnitude representation on the one hand, and a notion of subjective criterion. The framework is used to represent judgments (...)
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  7. Black and Hempel on Vagueness.Bertil Rolf - 1980 - Zeitschrift Für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 11 (2):332-346.
    Summary A. Vagueness is not definable in terms of behaviour (Section 4).
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  8. Vagueness and Law. Philosophical and Legal Perspectives.Keil Geert & Ralf Poscher - 2016 - In Geert Keil & Ralf Poscher (eds.), Vagueness and Law. Philosophical and Legal Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 1-20.
    Vague expressions are omnipresent in natural language. As such, their use in legal texts is virtually inevitable. If a law contains vague terms, the question whether it applies to a particular case often lacks a clear answer. One of the fundamental pillars of the rule of law is legal certainty. The determinacy of the law enables people to use it as a guide and places judges in the position to decide impartially. Vagueness poses a threat to these ideals. In borderline (...)
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  9. Vagueness: An Investigation Into Natural Languages and the Sorites Paradox.Roy A. Sorensen - 1994 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (2):483-486.
  10. Précis of Vagueness and Contradiction.Roy Sorensen - 2005 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 71 (3):678-685.
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  11. Vagueness in Context. [REVIEW]Stewart Shapiro - 2008 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 (2):471-483.
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  12. Vagueness, Ignorance, And Epistemic Possibilities.Gerard Leonid Stan - 2011 - Logos and Episteme 2 (2):273-284.
    The correspondence theory of truth was regarded for many centuries as the correct position in the problem of truth. The main purpose of this paper is to establish the extent to which anti-representationalist arguments devised by the pragmatists can destabilise the correspondence theory of truth. Thus, I identified three types of antirepresentationalist arguments: ontological, epistemological and semantic. Then I tried to outline the most significant varieties for each type of argument. Finally, I evaluated these counterarguments from a metaphilosophical perspective. The (...)
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  13. Supervaluations Without Truth-Value Gaps.Hans G. Herzberger - 1980 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 10 (sup1):15-27.
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  14. Vagueness and Ignorance.Timothy Williamson & Peter Simons - 1992 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 66 (1):145-178.
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  15. Vagueness as Indecision.J. Robert G. Williams - 2016 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 90 (1):285-309.
    This essay explores the thesis that for vague predicates, uncertainty over whether a borderline instance x of red/large/tall/good is to be understood as practical uncertainty over whether to treat x as red/large/tall/good. Expressivist and quasi-realist treatments of vague predicates due to John MacFarlane and Daniel Elstein provide the stalking-horse. It examines the notion of treating/counting a thing as F , and links a central question about our attitudes to vague predications to normative evaluation of plans to treat a thing as (...)
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  16. The Buried Quantifier: An Account of Vagueness and the Sorites.P. Grim - 2005 - Analysis 65 (2):95-104.
  17. Schiffer on the Epistemic Theory of Vagueness.Timothy Williamson - 1999 - Noûs 33 (s13):505-517.
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  18. The Epistemic Theory of Vagueness.Stephen Schiffer - 1999 - Noûs 33 (s13):481-503.
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  19. Vagueness as a Psychological Notion.Lourdes Valdivia - 2000 - Philosophical Issues 10 (1):282-288.
  20. Tolerance Effect in Categorisation with Vague Predicates.Minyao Huang - 2013 - Pragmatics and Cognition 21 (2):340-358.
    Vagueness is understood as the problem of associating imprecise application criteria with ordinary predicates such as ‘bald’ or ‘blue’. It is often construed as due to one’s tolerance to a minute difference in forming a verdict on the application of a vague predicate. This paper reports an experiment conducted to test the effect of tolerance, using as paradigm categorisation tasks performed with respect to transitional series, e.g., a series of tomatoes from red to orange. The findings suggest a negative effect (...)
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  21. Vagueness, Rationality And Undecidability: A Theory Of Why There Is Vagueness.Mark A. Changizi - 1999 - Synthese 120 (3):345-374.
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  22. Vagueness, Sharp Boundaries, and Supervenience Conditions.Gary Ebbs - 2001 - Synthese 127 (3):303-323.
  23. Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language.Megan Quigley - 2015 - Cambridge University Press.
    Modernist Fiction and Vagueness marries the artistic and philosophical versions of vagueness, linking the development of literary modernism to changes in philosophy. This book argues that the problem of vagueness - language's unavoidable imprecision - led to transformations in both fiction and philosophy in the early twentieth century. Both twentieth-century philosophers and their literary counterparts were fascinated by the vagueness of words and the dream of creating a perfectly precise language. Building on recent interest in the connections between analytic philosophy, (...)
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  24. Voting and Vagueness.James Chase - 2016 - Synthese 193 (8):2453–2468.
    How to handle vagueness? One way is to introduce the machinery of acceptable sharpenings, and reinterpret truth as truth-in-all-sharpenings or truth-in-some-sharpenings. A major selling point has been the conservativism of the resulting systems with respect to classical theoremhood and inference. Supervaluationism and subvaluationism possess interesting formal symmetries, a fact that has been used to argue for the subvaluationist approach. However, the philosophical motivation behind each is a different matter. Subvaluationism comes with a standard story that is difficult to sign up (...)
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  25. Vagueness in Context.Stewart Shapiro - 2006 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Stewart Shapiro's aim in Vagueness in Context is to develop both a philosophical and a formal, model-theoretic account of the meaning, function, and logic of vague terms in an idealized version of a natural language like English. It is a commonplace that the extensions of vague terms vary with such contextual factors as the comparison class and paradigm cases. A person can be tall with respect to male accountants and not tall with respect to professional basketball players. The main feature (...)
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  26. Vagueness and Semantic Methodology.Mark Sainsbury - 2015 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 90 (2):475-482.
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  27. Tolerance and the Multi‐Range View of Vagueness.Kevin Scharp - 2015 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 90 (2):467-474.
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  28. One Bald Man… Two Bald Men… Three Bald Men: Aahh Aahh Aahh Aahh Aaaahhhh!Nicholas J. J. Smith - 2014 - In Ken Akiba & Ali Abasnezhad (eds.), Vague Objects and Vague Identity: New Essays on Ontic Vagueness. Springer. pp. 197--216.
    In the context of classical (crisp, precise) sets, there is a familiar connection between the notions of counting, ordering and cardinality. When it comes to vague collections, the connection has not been kept in central focus: there have been numerous proposals regarding the cardinality of vague collections, but these proposals have tended to be discussed in isolation from issues of counting and ordering. My main concern in this paper is to draw focus back onto the connection between these notions. I (...)
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  29. Why Tipper is Not Bald!Berrie Heesen - 2002 - Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis 22 (1):62-66.
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  30. Vagueness and the Theory of Meaning.John Burgess - 1981
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  31. Vagueness, Natural Language and Logic.Istvan Berkeley - unknown - Eidos: The Canadian Graduate Journal of Philosophy 9.
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  32. Belief, Assertability, and Truth: Pragmatic and Semantic Accounts of Vagueness.Alice I. Kyburg - 1994 - Dissertation, The University of Rochester
    This dissertation explores several accounts of the intuitions speakers have concerning the truth values of utterances of sentences containing vague nouns and adjectives. While some semanticists have attempted to account for these intuitions with multi-valued logics and supervaluation theories of truth, I focus on how utterances of vague sentences affect hearers' beliefs. ;Following a critique of the major semantical accounts of vagueness, I propose a formal theory of how beliefs are revised following utterances of sentences of the form X is (...)
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  33. Vagueness: From Epistemicism to Transvaluationism.Terry Horgan & Matjaz Potrc - 2002 - Acta Analytica 17 (2):7-9.
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  34. The Sorites Antinomy: A Study in the Logic of Vagueness and Measurement.Stephen Edward Weiss - 1973 - Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  35. Rosanna Keefe, Theories of Vagueness. [REVIEW]Louise Vigeant - 2001 - Philosophy in Review 21:268-270.
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  36. The Vagueness of Grey Eminence.Robert Sencourt - 1942 - Hibbert Journal 41:263.
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  37. Vagueness: A Critical Examination of Some Traditional Analyses.James Charles Bohan - 1970 - Dissertation, University of Washington
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  38. Vagueness, Logic and Truth.Mary Elizabeth Cohen - 1987 - Dissertation, The Ohio State University
    Hilary Putnam has suggested that logic and metaphysics are intimately connected so that logic is dependent upon metaphysics. According to Putnam, the validity of classical logic depends upon the truth of metaphysical realism, whereas the truth of metaphysical anti-realism will justify only some alternative to classical logic. Moreover, if Putnam's suggestion is correct, then even an attempt to defend one semantics of vagueness over another must include a defense of some metaphysical view. ;My project began as an attempt to find (...)
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  39. Vagueness, Logic and the Computational View of Mind.Wayne Richard Dewitt - 1988 - Dissertation, The Ohio State University
    The current project is to assess the implication of vague predicates for metaphysics, logic and the philosophy of mind. In the area of metaphysics, it is argued that vagueness shows certain types of metaphysical realism to be untenable. With respect to what constitutes the best logic of vagueness, the favored approach is argued to be a form of supervaluation semantics. Finally, it is argued that vague predicates prove problematic for certain stances in the philosophy of mind, most notably, the stance (...)
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  40. Vagueness.Thomas Rost Kearns - 1968 - Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
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  41. Burns, Linda Claire: Vagueness. An Investigation Into Natural Languages And The Sorites Paradox, Dordrecht/Boston/London, KluwerAcademic Publishers, Colecção Reason And Argument Volume 4, 1991,202 Págs. + Xii. [REVIEW]Edmundo Balsetnão - 1992 - Revista Filosófica de Coimbra 1 (2):401-406.
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  42. The Phenomena of Vagueness.Delia Ruby Graff - 1997 - Dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Today, "The Sorites paradox" is used to refer to a class of paradoxical arguments having a similar form. An example is: A man weighing 100 lbs. is thin; every man who is thin will remain thin if he gains an ounce. Therefore, a man weighing 100 lbs. will remain thin if he gains 400 lbs. What makes the argument paradoxical is that while it seems both to be valid and to have true premises, it clearly has a false conclusion. It (...)
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  43. Vagueness, Boundarylessness and Communication.Matthew Carmody - 2005 - The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 1.
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  44. Vagueness.Nicholas Jeremy Josef Smith - 2001 - Dissertation, Princeton University
    This dissertation is concerned with the problem of giving a correct account of the semantics of vague predicates such as '...is tall', '...is bald' and '...is near...'. ;In Chapter 1 I present a definition of vagueness that aims to capture, in a useful form, all our fundamental intuitions about the vagueness of predicates such as those mentioned above; such a definition is lacking in the literature. I also present an abstract characterisation of the Sorites paradox: one that is independent of (...)
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  45. SAINSBURY, R. M. Paradoxes. [REVIEW]James Cargile - 1990 - Philosophy 65:106.
  46. Mo Hu Mei Xue.Mingju Wang - 1992
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  47. Some Remarks on the Logic of Vagueness.Ayda Arruda & Elias Alves - 1979 - Bulletin of the Section of Logic 8 (3):133-138.
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  48. Tallis in Wonderland: My Bald Head.Raymond Tallis - 2010 - Philosophy Now 79:50-51.
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  49. Amounts of Vagueness, Degrees of Truth.Enrique Romerales - 1999 - Sorites 11:41-65.
    Many theorists think nowadays that vagueness is a widespread phenomenon that affects and infects almost all terms and concepts of our thought and language, and for some philosophers degree of truth theories are the best way to cope with vagueness and sorites susceptible concepts. In this paper I argue that many of the allegedly vague concepts are not vague in the last analysis the philosopher or scientist could offer if compelled to, and that much of the vagueness of the properly (...)
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  50. The Problem of Artificial Precision in Theories of Vagueness: A Note on the Rôle of Maximal Consistency.Vincenzo Marra - 2014 - Erkenntnis 79 (5):1015-1026.
    The problem of artificial precision is a major objection to any theory of vagueness based on real numbers as degrees of truth. Suppose you are willing to admit that, under sufficiently specified circumstances, a predication of “is red” receives a unique, exact number from the real unit interval [0, 1]. You should then be committed to explain what is it that determines that value, settling for instance that my coat is red to degree 0.322 rather than 0.321. In this note (...)
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