II - On modelling vagueness - And on not modelling incommensurability

Sugden, R. (2009) II - On modelling vagueness - And on not modelling incommensurability. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 83 (1). pp. 95-113. ISSN 0309-7013

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Abstract

This paper defines and analyses the concept of a 'ranking problem'. In a ranking problem, a set of objects, each of which possesses some common property P to some degree, are ranked by P-ness. I argue that every eligible answer to a ranking problem can be expressed as a complete and transitive 'is at least as P as' relation. Vagueness is expressed as a multiplicity of eligible rankings. Incommensurability, properly understood, is the absence of a common property P. Trying to analyse incommensurability in the same framework as ranking problems causes unnecessary confusion.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 16:15
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 15:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44520
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8349.2009.00174.x

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