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If one believes vagueness to be an exclusively representational phenomenon, one faces the problem of the many: in the vicinity of Kilimanjaro, there are many ‘mountain-candidates’, all, apparently, with more or less equal claim to be mountains. David Lewis has defended a radical claim: that all these billions of mountain-candidates are mountains. I argue that the supervaluationist about vagueness should adopt Lewis's proposal, on pain of losing their best explanation of the seductiveness of the sorites paradox.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9264.2006.00206.x

Affiliations: School of Philosophy University of Leeds Woodhouse Lane Leeds LS2 9JT UK, Email: j.r.g.williams@leeds.ac.uk

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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