A Plea For Things That Aren't Quite All There, or, Is There a Problem about Vague Composition and Vague Existence?
Smith (Nicholas J.J.)
Source: Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)
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  1. Orthodoxy has it that mereological composition can never be a vague matter, for if it were, then existence would sometimes be a vague matter too, and that's impossible.
  2. I accept that vague composition implies vague existence, but deny that either is impossible.
  3. In this paper I develop degree-theoretic versions of quantified modal logic and of mereology, and combine them in a framework that allows us to make clear sense of vague composition and vague existence, and the relationships between them.

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