Against the Vagueness Argument

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy (-2009) en
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 en
dc.identifier.issn 0048-3893
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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
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dc.rights en
dc.subject 611 Philosophy en
dc.subject vagueness en
dc.subject composition en
dc.subject Merricks en
dc.subject heap en
dc.subject sorites en
dc.subject causal powers en
dc.title Against the Vagueness Argument en
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1007/s11406-008-9172-2
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