This unique anthology of new, contributed essays offers a range
of perspectives on various aspects of ontic vagueness. It seeks to
answer core questions pertaining to onticism, the view that
vagueness exists in the world itself. The questions to be addressed
include whether vague objects must have vague identity, and whether
ontic vagueness has a distinctive logic, one that is not shared by
semantic or epistemic vagueness. The essays in this volume explain
the motivations behind onticism, such as the plausibility of
mereological vagueness and indeterminacy in quantum mechanics and
they offer various arguments both for and against ontic vagueness;
onticism is also compared with other, competing theories of
vagueness such as semanticism, the view that vagueness exists only
in our linguistic representation of the world.
Gareth Evans s influential paper of 1978, Can There Be Vague
Objects? gave a simple but cogent argument against the coherence of
ontic vagueness.Onticism was subsequently dismissed by many.
However, in recent years, researchers have become aware of the
logical gaps in Evans s argument and this has triggered a new wave
of interest in onticism. Onticism is now widely regarded as at
least a coherent view. Reflecting this growing consensus, the
present anthology for the first time puts together essays that are
focused on onticism and its various facets and it fills in the
lacuna in the literature on vagueness, a much-discussed subject in
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