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Cuts and CloudsVagueness, its Nature, & its Logic$
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Richard Dietz and Sebastiano Moruzzi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.001.0001

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Iterating Definiteness

Iterating Definiteness

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(p.550) 31 Iterating Definiteness
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Cuts and Clouds
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Cian Dorr

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0032

This chapter argues that higher-order vagueness is universal: no sentence whatsoever is definitely true, definitely definitely true, definitely definitely definitely true, and so on ad infinitum. The argument, of which there are several versions, turns on the existence of Sorites sequences of possible worlds connecting the actual world to possible worlds where a given sentence is used in such a way that its meaning is very different. The chapter attempts to be neutral between competing accounts of the nature of vagueness and definiteness.

Keywords:   higher-order vagueness, vagueness, definiteness, meaning, use

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