PP-2001-06: What Vague Objects are like

PP-2001-06: Morreau, Michael (2001) What Vague Objects are like. [Report]

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Might cats, cities, clouds and other ordinary things really be vague, in the sense that they lack sharp boundaries? It is widely thought that this idea is more or less unintelligible. I argue that it makes good sense: ordinary things are vague because there is sometimes no matter of fact whether one such thing is a part of another. There is nothing especially mysterious about this idea. Contrary to what is widely thought, vague things need not have any sort of shady presence or indefinite identities. Surprisingly, perhaps, the existence of vague things is substantially compatible with received ideas about parts and wholes, as set out in classical mereology. Keyword(s): vagueness, objects, mereology

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: PP-2001-06
Series Name: Prepublication (PP) Series
Year: 2001
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/48

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