Against the Vagueness Argument

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dc.contributor.author Tahko, Tuomas
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-09T07:40:02Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-09T07:40:02Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation 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
dc.identifier.other PURE: 11840300
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dc.identifier.other Scopus: 65549090066
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/27358
dc.description.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. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Philosophia : Philosophical quarterly of Israel
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 611 Philosophy
dc.subject vagueness
dc.subject composition
dc.subject Merricks
dc.subject heap
dc.subject sorites
dc.subject causal powers
dc.title Against the Vagueness Argument en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Department of Philosophy (-2009)
dc.contributor.organization Theoretical Philosophy
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1007/s11406-008-9172-2
dc.relation.issn 0048-3893
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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