Vague parts and vague identity

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2):176-187 (2009)
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Robert Williams
University of Leeds
Elizabeth Barnes
University of Virginia
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We discuss arguments against the thesis that the world itself can be vague. The first section of the paper distinguishes dialectically effective from ineffective arguments against metaphysical vagueness. The second section constructs an argument against metaphysical vagueness that promises to be of the dialectically effective sort: an argument against objects with vague parts. Firstly, cases of vague parthood commit one to cases of vague identity. But we argue that Evans' famous argument against will not on its own enable one to complete the reductio in the present context. We provide a metaphysical premise that would complete the reductio, but note that it seems deniable. We conclude by drawing general morals from our case study.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2009.01335.x
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