Conflict Vagueness and Precisification

Roy A. Sorensen

in Thought Experiments

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780195129137
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786138 | DOI:
 						Conflict Vagueness and Precisification

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This chapter focuses on the property that excited Kuhn's interest in thought experiments: conflict vagueness. This property often generates inconsistent beliefs but is not itself inconsistency. Although it is absent from most thought experiments, a substantial portion of the most provocative thought experiments do spring from this species of vagueness; for they motivate conceptual reform by touching a nerve of indeterminacy. Hence, study of conflict vagueness reveals the ways thought experiments restructure our conceptual scheme.

Keywords: thought experiments; conceptual scheme; inconsistency; Kuhn; vagueness

Chapter.  7627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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