- 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 29/04/2018 21:14:24): 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.
- Peter Unger used Sorites-style arguments to argue that we and other things don’t exist. I’ve not repeated these works here as they are covered under the Note on Nihilism8.
- For a page of Links to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read9, include10 the following:-
- "Robinson (Howard) - Vagueness, Realism, Language and Thought", Robinson
- "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising", Smith
- "Williamson (Timothy) - Vagueness: Preface + Introduction", Williamson
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with11:-
- "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
- "Keefe (Rosanna) - Context, Vagueness and the Sorites: Comments on Shapiro", Keefe
- "Merricks (Trenton) - Considerations in Favour of Eliminativism", Merricks
- "Merricks (Trenton) - Considerations in Favour of Eliminating Us?", Merricks
- "Raffman (Diana) - How to understand contextualism about vagueness: reply to Stanley", Raffman
- "Sainsbury (Mark) - Vagueness: the paradox of the heap", Sainsbury
- "Sanford (David H.) - Nostalgia for the ordinary: comments on papers by Unger and Wheeler", Sanford
- "Schiffer (Stephen) - Two Issues of Vagueness", Schiffer
- "Shapiro (Stewart) - A Procedural Solution to the Unexpected Hanging and the Sorites Paradoxes", Shapiro
- "Sorensen (Roy) - Vagueness, Measurement, and Blurriness", Sorensen
- "Tye (Michael) - Vague Objects", Tye
- "Varzi (Achille) - Cut-offs and their Neighbors", Varzi12
- "Vieru (Vlad) - Vague Concepts and Sorites Paradoxes", Vieru
- "Weiner (Matt) - Deductive Closure and the Sorites", Weiner
- "Williamson (Timothy) - The Early History of the Sorite Paradoxes", Williamson
- This is mostly a place-holder13.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (29/04/2018 21:14:24).
- 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.
- I haven’t performed a recent search on JSTOR, so further papers may be available.
- There are a few more papers by Varzi that I’ve not included.
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