Vague Reference and Approximating Judgments

  title={Vague Reference and Approximating Judgments},
  author={Thomas Bittner and Barry Smith},
  journal={Spatial Cognition & Computation},
'Mount Everest' is a vague name. That is (on the account here defended) there are many portions of reality all of which have equal claims to serve as its referent. We propose a new account of such vagueness in terms of a theory of what we shall call granular partitions. We distinguish different kinds of crisp and non-crisp granular partitions and we describe the relations between them, concentrating especially on spatial examples. In addition, we describe the practice whereby subjects use… CONTINUE READING

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