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Sorensen on vagueness and contradiction

Edgington, D. (2010) Sorensen on vagueness and contradiction. In: Dietz, R. and Moruzzi, S. (eds.) Cuts and Clouds. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, p. 91. ISBN 9780199570386.

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This chapter discusses some themes from Roy Sorensen's book Vagueness and Contradiction. While agreeing with Sorensen that the major premise in a Sorites argument must be false, it rejects the consequences that Sorensen draws from this: that vague predicates have sharp boundaries, and that the phenomenon is to be explained in terms of ‘truthmaker gaps’. It is argued that ‘gappy’ theories of a variety of kinds, including McGee and McLaughlin's theory, misrepresent the phenomenon of vagueness. Further, some of the problems Sorensen raises disappear on a degree-theoretic approach to vagueness.

Item Type: Book Section
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Sorensen, Sorites paradox, truthmaker gaps, McGee and McLaughlin, degree-theoretic approach
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2011 11:54
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20

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