The Problem with Truthmaker-Gap Epistemicism

Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 1 (4):320-329 (2012)
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Mark Jago
Nottingham University
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Epistemicism about vagueness is the view that vagueness, or indeterminacy, is an epistemic matter. Truthmaker-gap epistemicism is the view that indeterminate truths are indeterminate because their truth is not grounded by any worldly fact. Both epistemicism in general and truthmaker-gap epistemicism originated in Roy Sorensen's work on vagueness. My aim in this paper is to give a characterization of truthmaker-gap epistemicism and argue that the view is incompatible with higher-order vagueness: vagueness in whether some case of the form ‘it is determinate that A’ or ‘it is indeterminate whether A’ is true. Since it is highly likely that there is higher-order vagueness, truthmaker-gap epistemicism is in an uncomfortable position
Keywords higher‐order vagueness  vagueness  truthmaking  epistemicism  grounding  Sorensen
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DOI 10.1002/tht3.49
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