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Vague Objects and Vague Identity

New Essays on Ontic Vagueness

Akiba, Ken, Abasnezhad, Ali (Eds.)

2014, X, 359 p. 28 illus.

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  • An original contribution to the literature and offers explanations to well known issues in onticism, vague identities and other important questions
  • Features work by renowned authorities from a variety of areas related to the field
  • Syncretic collection of diverse papers offering essential specialist analysis

This unique anthology of new, contributed essays offers a range of perspectives on various aspects of ontic vagueness. It seeks to answer core questions pertaining to onticism, the view that vagueness exists in the world itself. The questions to be addressed include whether vague objects must have vague identity, and whether ontic vagueness has a distinctive logic, one that is not shared by semantic or epistemic vagueness. The essays in this volume explain the motivations behind onticism, such as the plausibility of mereological vagueness and indeterminacy in quantum mechanics, and they offer various arguments both for and against ontic vagueness; onticism is also compared with other, competing theories of vagueness such as semanticism, the view that vagueness exists only in our linguistic representation of the world.

Gareth Evans’s influential paper of 1978, “Can There Be Vague Objects?” gave a simple but cogent argument against the coherence of ontic vagueness. Onticism was subsequently dismissed by many. However, in recent years, researchers have become aware of the logical gaps in Evans’s argument, and this has triggered a new wave of interest in onticism. Onticism is now widely regarded as at least a coherent view. Reflecting this growing consensus, the present anthology for the first time puts together essays that are focused on onticism and its various facets, and it fills in the lacuna in the literature on vagueness, a much-discussed subject in contemporary philosophy.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Boolean-valued sets as value sets - Gareth Evans' Argument - Gareth Evans’ proof - Mereological Vagueness - Mereological indeterminacy - Mereology - Non-vague phenomenal predicates and phenomenal properties - Ontic Vagueness - Vague existence implies vague identity - Vague objects in quantum physics - Vagueness and abstraction - Vagueness and the supervaluationist approach

Related subjects » Logic & Philosophy of Language - Philosophy

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