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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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Vague Intensions: A Modest Marriage Proposal

Vague Intensions: A Modest Marriage Proposal

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(p.187) 10 Vague Intensions: A Modest Marriage Proposal
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Cuts and Clouds
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Jc Beall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0011

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.

Keywords:   intensions, nihilism, paracomplete, paraconsistent, vagueness, Sorites

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