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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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Supervaluationism and the Report of Vague Contents

Supervaluationism and the Report of Vague Contents

(p.345) 19 Supervaluationism and the Report of Vague Contents
Cuts and Clouds

Manuel García‐Carpintero

Oxford University Press

In recent papers, Schiffer advances an argument against supervaluationist accounts of vagueness, based on reports of vague contents. From a perspective more congenial to supervaluationism than Schiffer's, McGee and McLaughlin also pose a related problem about de re ascriptions of propositional attitudes and indirect discourse. The difficulty is gestured at in this argument by Wright: ‘there are additional concerns about the ability of supervaluational proposals to track our intuitions concerning the extension of ‘true’ among statements involving vague vocabulary: ‘No one can knowledgeably identify a precise boundary between those who are tall and those who are not’ is plausibly a true claim which is not true under any admissible way of making ‘tall’ precise. This chapter develops a defence of supervaluationism based on the point that the problematic occurrences of singular terms occur in indirect discourse, and supervaluationists may allow that they shift their referent there. Schiffer dismisses a proposal like this, mainly because it ‘undermines . . . a leading virtue of supervaluationism . . . its implication that vagueness is . . . not a feature of the world’. This chapter argues on the contrary that the reply does not undermine the fundamental contentions of the supervaluationist account.

Keywords:   vague, truth, correspondence, disquotational, semantic indecision, vague objects, Schiffer

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