Against the Vagueness Argument

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Tahko , T 2009 , ' Against the Vagueness Argument ' , Philosophia : Philosophical quarterly of Israel , vol. 37 , no. 2 , pp. 335-340 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11406-008-9172-2

Title: Against the Vagueness Argument
Author: Tahko, Tuomas
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy (-2009)
Date: 2009
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: Philosophia : Philosophical quarterly of Israel
ISSN: 0048-3893
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/27358
Abstract: In this paper I offer a counterexample to the so called vagueness argument against restricted composition. This will be done in the lines of a recent suggestion by Trenton Merricks, namely by challenging the claim that there cannot be a sharp cut-off point in a composition sequence. It will be suggested that causal powers which emerge when composition occurs can serve as an indicator of such sharp cut-off points. The main example will be the case of a heap. It seems that heaps might provide a very plausible counterexample to the vagueness argument if we accept the idea that four grains of sand is the least number required to compose a heap—the case has been supported by W. D. Hart. My purpose here is not to put forward a new theory of composition, I only wish to refute the vagueness argument and point out that we should be wary of arguments of its form.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
vagueness
composition
Merricks
heap
sorites
causal powers
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