Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 7 (4):278-283 (2018)

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Ali Abasnezhad
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
C. S. I. Jenkins
University of British Columbia
Abstract
Elizabeth Barnes and Robert Williams have developed a theory of metaphysical indeterminacy, via which they defend the theoretical legitimacy of vague objects. In this paper, we argue that while the Barnes–Williams theory supplies a viable account of genuine metaphysical vagueness, it cannot underwrite an account of genuinely vague objects. First we clarify the distinction between these two key theses. Then we argue that the Barnes–Williams theory of metaphysical vagueness not only fails to deliver genuinely vague objects, it in fact provides grounds for rejecting them
Keywords Evans' argument  indeterminate identity  metaphysical vagueness  ontic vagueness  vague objects  vagueness
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DOI 10.1002/tht3.398
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