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Single Idea 21601

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 9. Vagueness / a. Problem of vagueness]

Full Idea

Both 30 and 60 are clearly acute angles. 'Acute' is precise in all relevant respects. Nevertheless, 30 is acuter than 60.

Gist of Idea

A vague term can refer to very precise elements

Source

Timothy Williamson (Vagueness [1994], 4.11)

A Reaction

A very nice example of something which is vague, despite involving precise ingredients. But then 'bald' is vague, while 'this is a hair on his head' is fairly precise.

Book Reference

Williamson,Timothy: 'Vagueness' [Routledge 1996], p.126