Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science

Vague Objects and Vague Identity

New Essays on Ontic Vagueness

Editors: Akiba, Ken, Abasnezhad, Ali (Eds.)

  • 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
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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.

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  • Due: October 20, 2016
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vague Objects and Vague Identity
Book Subtitle
New Essays on Ontic Vagueness
Editors
  • Ken Akiba
  • Ali Abasnezhad
Series Title
Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science
Series Volume
33
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7978-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7978-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7977-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0105-9
Series ISSN
2214-9775
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 359
Number of Illustrations and Tables
28 b/w illustrations
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