Advertisement

Metaphysica

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 181–195 | Cite as

Interrelations and Dissimilarities Between Distinct Approaches to Ontic Vagueness

  • Marc Andree Weber
Article

Abstract

This paper outlines the often striking parallels of various approaches to ontic vagueness, as well as their even more striking differences. Though circling around the same idea, some of these approaches were developed to solve quite diverse theoretical problems and encounter different challenges. In addition to these difficulties, the frequently disregarded epistemological problems of all theories of ontic vagueness turn out to be even more serious under critical scrutiny. The same holds for the difficulties of deciding, for every case of vagueness, whether the vagueness involved is semantic or ontic.

Keywords

Vagueness Vague objects Identity Existence 

References

  1. Baker L R (1999) What am I? Philosophy and phenomenological research 59: 151−159CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Baker L R (2007) The metaphysics of everyday life. An essay in practical realism. Cambridge Univ Pr, CambridgeCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Evans G (1978) Can there be vague objects? Analysis 38: 208CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Garrett B (1988) Vagueness and identity. Analysis 48: 130−134CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Morreau M (2002) What vague objects are like. The Journal of Philosophy 99: 333−361CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Noonan H (2004) Are there vague objects? Analysis 64: 131−134CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Noonan H (2008) Does ontic indeterminacy in boundaries entail ontic indeterminacy in identity? Analysis 68: 174−176Google Scholar
  8. Noonan H (2010) The thinking animal problem and personal pronoun revisionism. Analysis 70: 93−98CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Olson E (2003) An argument for animalism. In: Martin R, Barresi J (eds) Personal identity. Blackwell, OxfordGoogle Scholar
  10. Paganini E (2011) Vague objects without ontically indeterminate identity. Erkenntnis 74: 351−362CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Parsons T (2000) Indeterminate identity. Metaphysics and semantics. Clarendon, OxfordCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Schiffer S (2009) Vague properties. In: Dietz R, Moruzzi S (eds), Cuts and clouds: vagueness, its nature, and its logic. Oxford Univ Pr, OxfordGoogle Scholar
  13. Shoemaker S (1984). A materialist’s account. In: Shoemaker S, Swinburne R: Personal identity. Blackwell, OxfordGoogle Scholar
  14. Shoemaker S (2008) Persons, animals, and identity. Synthese 162: 313−324CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Soames S (2003) Higher-order vagueness for partially defined predicates. In: Beall J C (ed) Liars and heaps. New essays on paradox. Clarendon, OxfordGoogle Scholar
  16. Tye M (1990) Vague objects. Mind 99: 535−557CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Weber M A (unpublished draft) The too many minds argument against vague identity.Google Scholar
  18. Williamson T (1994) Vagueness. Routledge, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  19. Williamson T (2003) Vagueness in reality. In: Loux M, Zimmerman D (eds) The Oxford handbook of metaphysics. Oxford Univ Pr, OxfordGoogle Scholar
  20. Zemach E M (1991) Vague objects. Noûs 25: 323−340CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Staatswissenschaft und Rechtsphilosophie, Abteilung 2 (Rechtsphilosophie)Albert-Ludwigs-Universität FreiburgFreiburg im BreisgauGermany

Personalised recommendations