- This paper examines the mind and language of an omniscient being from a supervaluationist perspective.
- Two questions shall receive special attention.
- How ought the supervaluationist explicate the concept of omniscience? And
- What ought the supervaluationist expect an omniscient speaker to say about a Sorites1 series?
- How ought we to conceive of an omniscient mind in light of the phenomenon of vagueness?
- Working within the framework of one of the more promising approaches to vagueness – supervaluationism – this paper explores the mind (and language) of God.
- In section 1 I sketch the barebones of supervaluationism, familiar to most readers.
- Section 2 is concerned with how the supervaluationist ought to define omniscience.
- Section 3 describes, from a supervaluationist perspective, how the divine mind would engage with a Sorites2 series.
- Finally, in section 4, I address a thought experiment3 concerning omniscient speakers offered by Timothy Williamson, designed to support the view that there are epistemically inaccessible hidden boundaries associated with ordinary vague predicates.
- I conclude by noting the broader philosophical significance of the themes explored here.
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