Erkenntnis

, Volume 72, Issue 2, pp 281–293

Vagueness and Naturalness

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10670-009-9204-8

Cite this article as:
Cameron, R.P. Erkenn (2010) 72: 281. doi:10.1007/s10670-009-9204-8

Abstract

I attempt to accommodate the phenomenon of vagueness with classical logic and bivalence. I hold that for any vague predicate there is a sharp cut-off between the things that satisfy it and the things that do not; I claim that this is due to the greater naturalness of one of the candidate meanings of that predicate. I extend the thought to the problem of the many and Benacerraf cases. I go on to explore the idea that it is ontically indeterminate what the most natural meanings are, and hence ontically indeterminate where the sharp cut-off in a sorites series is.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK