Supervaluations and the problem of the many

Philosophical Quarterly 52 (208):320-339 (2002)
Supervaluational treatments of vagueness are currently quite popular among those who regard vagueness as a thoroughly semantic phenomenon. Peter Unger's 'problem of the many' may be regarded as arising from the vagueness of our ordinary physical-object terms, so it is not surprising that supervaluational solutions to Unger's problem have been offered. I argue that supervaluations do not afford an adequate solution to the problem of the many. Moreover, the considerations I raise against the supervaluational solution tell also against the solution to the problem of the many which is suggested by adherents of the epistemic theory of vagueness
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DOI 10.1111/1467-9213.00271
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Peter Unger (1980). The Problem of the Many. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 5 (1):411-468.

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Daniel Z. Korman (2016). Ordinary Objects. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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