- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Vagueness1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 17/01/2018 13:43:41): Vagueness
- Vagueness is a wide and interesting area of enquiry, but I need to be careful to stay on topic, namely restrict most of my investigations to areas relevant to personal identity. So,
→ While there can be clear paradigm cases it may be vague (ie. uncertain, or indeterminate) whether some particular instance is a paradigm case.
→ There can be vague boundaries to the concept person4.
→ Also, maybe there can be persons of varying degrees.
→ Maybe some higher mammals possess many of the qualities of persons, but to a reduced degree.
- There will be some overlap between this Note and two others:-
→ Vague Identity5, and
→ Indeterminate Identity6.
- Additionally, there is a link between this Note and yet two others:-
→ Problem of the Many7, and
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read9, include10 the following:-
- "Evans (Gareth) - Can There Be Vague Objects?", Evans
- "Garrett (Brian) - Identity and Vagueness", Garrett
- "Hossack (Keith) - Vagueness and Personal Identity", Hossack
- "Miller (Kristie) - Vagueness, Persistence and Indeterminate Identity", Miller
- "Robinson (Howard) - Vagueness, Realism, Language and Thought", Robinson
- "Williamson (Timothy) - On vagueness, or, when is a heap of sand not a heap of sand?", Williamson
- Given that this topic is slightly tangential to my main topic, and the literature is vast, I need to be highly selective11. So, a reading list (where not covered elsewhere12) might start with:-
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Metaphysical Vagueness", Baker
- "Greenough (Patrick) - Vagueness: A Minimal Theory", Greenough
- "Hawley (Katherine) - Vagueness", Hawley
- "Hudson (Hud) - Vagueness and Composition", Hudson
- "Keefe (Rosanna) & Smith (Peter) - Vagueness: A Reader", Keefe
- "Merricks (Trenton) - Varieties of Vagueness", Merricks
- "Miller (Kristie) - Blocking the path from vagueness to four dimensionalism", Miller
- "Sainsbury (Mark) - What Is a Vague Object?", Sainsbury
- "Sider (Ted) - Against Vague and Unnatural Existence - Reply to Liebesman and Eklund", Sider
- "Van Inwagen (Peter) - Why Vagueness Is A Mystery", Van Inwagen
- "Varzi (Achille) - Change, Temporal Parts, and the Argument from Vagueness", Varzi
- "Williamson (Timothy) - Vagueness", Williamson
- "Williamson (Timothy) - Vagueness, Identity and Leibniz's Law", Williamson
- This is mostly a place-holder13. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (17/01/2018 13:43:41).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- In this case, with some overlap with the notes just noted!
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
- So, I’ve selected the standard reader and papers / chapters by my favourite authors that might be included under other topics.
- In particular, those covered under the Notes on Vague and Indeterminate Identity, or in the “already read” list above.
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