A Topological Sorites

Journal of Philosophy 107 (6):311-325 (2010)
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Abstract

This paper considers a generalisation of the sorites paradox, in which only topological notions are employed. We argue that by increasing the level of abstraction in this way, we see the sorites paradox in a new, more revealing light—a light that forces attention on cut-off points of vague predicates. The generalised sorites paradox presented here also gives rise to a new, more tractable definition of vagueness.

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Mark Colyvan
University of Sydney
Zach Weber
University of Otago

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