Conflict Vagueness and Precisification
Sorensen (Roy)
Source: Thought Experiments, Roy A. Sorensen, 1992, Chapter 7
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Author’s Abstract1

  1. The paradox analysis is further deepened in chapter 7 by a special application to the genre of thought experiments2 that fascinated Kuhn.
  2. This special class is powered by conflict vagueness, a linguistic property that appears to make a normally well-behaved concept "come apart." Thought experiments3 that probe this nerve of indeterminacy are apt to force conceptual revision.
  3. Since conflict vagueness can be neatly dissected, I complete the chapter with a classification of the ways concepts change in response to this provocative family of thought experiments4.

  1. General Features of Vagueness – 167
  2. Dueling Definitions – 168
    … A. The Psychology of Conflict Vagueness – 168
    … B. How Conflict Vagueness Creates the Mirage of Local Incoherence – 170
    … C. Extensional Conflict Vagueness – 171
    … D. Intensional Conflict Vagueness – 172
  3. Application of the Quintet Schema – 174
  4. Conceptual Reform – 175
  5. Eliminative Reactions to Conflict Vagueness – 180
  6. Tolerating the Vagueness – 180
  7. Extending the Analysis – 181
  8. Sunder – Enlighten! 184


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Footnote 1: Taken from "Sorensen (Roy) - Thought Experiments: Introduction".

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