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Chrysippus and the Epistemic Theory of Vagueness

Susanne Bobzien
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society
New Series, Vol. 102 (2002), pp. 217-238
Published by: Wiley on behalf of The Aristotelian Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4545371
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

Recently a bold and admirable interpretation of Chrysippus's position on the Sorites has been presented, suggesting that Chrysippus offered a solution to the Sorites by (i) taking an epistemicist position which (ii) made allowances for higher-order vagueness. In this paper I argue (i) that Chrysippus did not take an epistemicist position, but-if any -a non-epistemic one which denies truth-values to some cases in a Sorites-series, and (ii) that it is uncertain whether and how he made allowances for higher-order vagueness, but if he did, this was not grounded on an epistemicist position.

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