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What is the difference between imprecision, vague truth values, borderline cases?

What is the difference between an imprecise time and something borderline occurring in the future? I ask becasue I might think the time I exist is always imprecise. Supposing every S has a vague truth ...
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Would presentism and vagueness of the present imply that every event has borderline existence?

Would presentism and the vagueness of the present imply that every event that occurs is in a borderline state of existence? Since vagueness is characterized as having borderline cases. I take ...
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Is the present ontically vague?

My apologies if the present is not the sort of thing that an be vague or sharp. A proposition is vague when there are possible states of things concerning which it is intrinsically uncertain whether, ...
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If something is temporally and spatially vague, then can it be individuated by its absence?

1 If something is temporally and spatially vague, then can it become nothing? I am thinking that it cannot be entirely individuated from its absence while it exists, because e.g. the space where it ...
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Can ontic vagueness not exist?

As far as I can tell, I am going to buy a book on ontic vagueness to work out what it is, but I'm fairly sure it occurs when a vague term refers to something that itself is indeterminate, which may be ...
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What is the link between subvaluationism and Buddhism?

Sorry for the indefinite question, but I am confused. I know and have read some research into Buddhism and paraconsistent logic: what is the link with that and vagueness? From the start, ...
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Can everything have a vague identity?

For any objects, it is traditionally assumed that that either the objects are identical or distinct, and not both. Vague identity is a view that rejects this absoluteness of identity. Its proponents ...
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Is the bardo forever?

Consciousness as such is - I think - said to be made of vague parts; it has parts that are vague, e.g. the sensation of seeing red. I think this means that borderline cases of my consciousness exist ...
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Do statements about borderline cases hold for both the vague term and its negation?

I read subvaluationists think that P can be both true and false (unlike supervaluationists, who think that P is neither true nor false), but it's completely unclear (because I can't read symbolic ...
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Is the law of identity the same for negative expressions?

Is the law of identity the same for negative expressions? Does 'if not p then not p' have any specific meaning in philosophy? I am asking because I am trying to work out whether the vagueness of 'p' ...
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Can we specify something vague with a definite time?

Can we specify something vague, e.g. without a boundary, with a definite time? I am more satisfied with the idea that I became bald sometime in my 20s, I guess, than I am with the claim that I will &...
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Inverted spatial qualia: a detectable example?

The SEP article on inverted qualia discusses this mostly as follows: One of [Frege's] theses in The Foundations of Arithmetic is that arithmetic is “objective”, which he explains as follows: What is ...
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Metaphysical indeterminacy and necessity

This is similar to my last question, but now I am asking about a specific/different interpretation of vagueness. To fit metaphysical indeterminacy into this picture Barnes and Williams [claim]... the ...
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Can vague concepts have a modality?

Can vague concepts, which I am thinking of as concepts without boundaries, though there are I assume other ways of thinking about them, be necessary, especially if that modality changes? Supposing it'...
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What if vagueness were non-conceptual?

Thus the classical picture, informed by a connection between concepts and sets present in the very word “classify”, sees the theoretical resources of set theory as the proper instruments for ...
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Amorphous sets and vagueness

I'm reading a detailed study of amorphous sets and this caught my eye: With respect to "epistemicism" about sorites problems, is there some way to correlate the possible (if unidentifiable?)...
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Wittgenstein on indeterminate boundaries

Wittgenstein, for instance, urged that “an indefinite boundary is not really a boundary at all” (1953: 45e). https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/vagueness/ What did he make of the Sorites paradox, ...
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Are there any empirical categories that do not have vague boundaries?

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has an article on vagueness that struck me as odd because it seems to assume that vagueness is a property of only certain kinds of propositions or predicates, ...
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Is there a difference between ambiguity and vagueness?

I was reading the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy articles about Ambiguity and Vagueness, and was led to ask this question. Is there a difference between the two concepts? If so, are there ...
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