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A Note on the Phenomenal Sorites
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy. (Theoretical Philosophy)
2012 (English)In: Croatian Journal of Philosophy, ISSN 1333-1108, Vol. 12, no 36, 519-524 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Is observational indiscriminability non-transitive? This was once an accepted truth, and it was used by philosophers like Armstrong and Dummett to argue against the existence of appearances (sense data, sensory items). It was objected, however, early on by Jackson and Pinkerton, and more recently by vagueness contextualists like Raffman and Fara, that the case for non-transitivity is flawed. The reason is the context dependence of appearance. I argue here that if we take context dependence properly into account, we still have (a modified version of) non-transitivity, and that therefore we still face the problem of appearances.

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Zagreb, Croatia, 2012. Vol. 12, no 36, 519-524 p.
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Raffman, vagueness, color, observation, discriminability, phenomenal sorites
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85078OAI: diva2:582513
Available from: 2013-01-08 Created: 2013-01-04 Last updated: 2013-07-08Bibliographically approved

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