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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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Sorensen on Vagueness and Contradiction

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(p.91) 5 Sorensen on Vagueness and Contradiction
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Cuts and Clouds
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Dorothy Edgington (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0006

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.

Keywords:   Sorensen, Sorites paradox, truthmaker gaps, McGee and McLaughlin, degree-theoretic approach

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