Indeterminacy and normative silence

Analysis 72 (2):217-225 (2012)
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Abstract

This paper examines two puzzles of indeterminacy. The first puzzle concerns the hypothesis that there is a unified phenomenon of indeterminacy. How are we to reconcile this with the apparent diversity of reactions that indeterminacy prompts? The second puzzle focuses narrowly on borderline cases of vague predicates. How are we to account for the lack of theoretical consensus about what the proper reaction to borderline cases is? I suggest (building on work by Maudlin) that the characteristic feature of indeterminacy is alethic normative silence, and use this to explain both plurality and lack of consensus

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Robert Williams
University of Leeds

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