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Single Idea 21628

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 9. Vagueness / b. Vagueness of reality]

Full Idea

The notion that things might actually be vague, as well as being vaguely described, is not properly intelligible.

Gist of Idea

To say reality itself is vague is not properly intelligible


Michael Dummett (Wang's Paradox [1970], p.260)

A Reaction

It seems hard to disagree with this. It seems crazy that a pile of grain, or the hair on someone's head, are vague, and even quantum indeterminacies are not very well described as 'vague'. Vagueness is a very human concept.

Book Reference

Dummett,Michael: 'Truth and Other Enigmas' [Duckworth 1978], p.250