- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Sorites1' during my Thesis research, as from end October 2016.
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- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 22/04/2018 23:21:07): Sorites
- The Sorites paradox – that of the heap – arises in many areas of philosophy, but specifically on the topic of vagueness4.
- It is a TE5 invented by the Greeks – see "Diogenes Laertius, Galen & Cicero - On the Sorites".
- From my perspective, there are two points of interest:-
- Firstly, just when is an individual correctly classified as an X, where X is a vague concept – or an epithet which may be applied as a matter of degree.
→ Specifically, is “Person6” such a concept? Are there Degrees of Personhood7?
- Secondly, as an argument-form.
- For a page of Links to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read8, include9 the following:-
- "Williamson (Timothy) - Vagueness: Preface + Introduction", Williamson
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Burgess (J.A.) - The Sorites Paradox and Higher-Order Vagueness", Burgess, 1990
- "Cargile (James) - The Sorites Paradox", Cargile, 1969
- "Doyle (Robert O.) - The Sorites Puzzle of the Heap", Doyle
- "Grim (Patrick) - The buried quantifier: an account of vagueness and the sorites", Grim, 2005
- "Hawthorne (John) - Vagueness and the Mind of God", Hawthorne, 2005
- I haven’t performed a recent search on JSTOR, so further papers may be available.
- This is mostly a place-holder10. 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 (22/04/2018 23:21:07).
- 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.
- 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.
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