Vague Intensions: A Modest Marriage Proposal
On one hand, vague predicates seem to be useful; on the other, they appear to be fully tolerant (and thereby useless). Utility demands cutoffs; tolerance forbids them. This tension has fueled much work on vagueness. This chapter gives a very modest proposal on how to escape this apparent tension. The proposal is not profound, but it may be liberating. Genuinely vague predicates are without cutoffs, but they are useful in providing us the ingredients for sharp look-alikes of the vague. If this is right, the existence of cutoffs is neither a worry nor surprising.
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