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Cuts and CloudsVagueness, its Nature, & its Logic$
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Richard Dietz and Sebastiano Moruzzi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.001.0001

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Hold the Context Fixed—Vagueness Still Remains

Hold the Context Fixed—Vagueness Still Remains

(p.275) 15 Hold the Context Fixed—Vagueness Still Remains
Cuts and Clouds

Jonas Åkerman

Patrick Greenough

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Contextualism about vagueness is the view that vagueness consists in a particular species of context-sensitivity, and that accommodating this fact will yield a plausible solution to the Sorites paradox. As many commentators have noted, this view faces the following objection: if the context is held fixed, vagueness still remains, therefore vagueness is not a species of context-sensitivity. This chapter sketches two replies to this objection, which result in two very different kinds of contextualism.

Keywords:   Contextualism about vagueness, context-sensitivity, Sorites paradox, weak tolerance

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