The No-Proposition View of Vagueness

Paula Sweeney* (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

This paper proposes a novel method of identifying the nature of vague sentences and a novel solution to the sorites paradox. The theory is motivated by patterns of use that language users display when using vague predicates. Identifying a coherent cause of this behaviour provides us with a theory of vague sentences that is behaviour- rather than paradox-led. The theory also provides a solution to the sorites paradox and is therefore more explanatory than other available theories of vagueness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-195
Number of pages17
JournalGrazer Philosophische Studien
Volume93
Issue number2
Early online date18 May 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

Keywords

  • language
  • sorites
  • permissibility
  • judgement
  • vagueness
  • borderline

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