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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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Scope Confusions and Unsatisfiable Disjuncts: Two Problems for Supervaluationism

Scope Confusions and Unsatisfiable Disjuncts: Two Problems for Supervaluationism

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(p.373) 21 Scope Confusions and Unsatisfiable Disjuncts: Two Problems for Supervaluationism
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Delia Graff Fara

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0022

This chapter considers two problems for supervaluationist accounts of vagueness. First is that the best (canonical-supervaluationist) explanation of our inclination to accept Sorites premises attributes to us a tendency to confuse the scopes of a Truth operator with the existential quantifier. This explanation is shown to be incorrect as well as incomplete. Second, a well-known complaint against supervaluation semantics is that it allows for a disjunction to be true even though none of its disjuncts is in fact true. A new, related complaint is developed: supervaluation semantics allows for a disjunction to be true even though none of its disjuncts could be true.

Keywords:   vagueness, supervaluationism, bivalence, disjunction, super-truth, Sorites, paradox, semantics, scopes

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