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  Vagueness Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ambiguity is one way in which the meanings of words and phrases can be unclear, but there is another way, which is different from ambiguity, namely vagueness.
To say a term, or a concept, is vague is to say it has, in addition to clear cases where it does and does not apply, borderline cases as well; in other words, cases where there is no clear fact of the matter whether the concept applies or not.
It turns out that vagueness is important philosophically.
wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/v/va/vagueness.html   (530 words)

A proposition is vague when there are possible states of things concerning which it is intrinsically uncertain whether, had they been contemplated by the speaker, he would have regarded them as excluded or allowed by the proposition.
Vagueness is standardly defined as the possession of borderline cases.
Thus the logic of vagueness is a logic for equivocators.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/vagueness   (3412 words)

 The Literary Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Be sure that 'This' refers to a clear and unambiguous subject of the previous sentence or group of sentences.
If ‘this’ gestures vaguely towards a host of complex ideas, be sure that it can legitimately hold them together, otherwise the logic wobbles and falls over.
The writer is skating across the surface, content with vagueness, not searching out precisely what is happening in the play.
www.literaryencyclopedia.com /stylebook/stylebook.php   (12185 words)

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"The Ambiguity of Vagueness and Precision" Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 70/2 (June 1989) 174- 183.
"An Argument for the Vagueness of `Vague'" Analysis 45/3 (June 1985) 134-137.
"Vagueness has no function in law" Conference on Vagueness and the Law at Columbia University, September 25, 1999 and at the Dartmouth/Vermont Law School Meeting on March 21, 2000.
www.dartmouth.edu /~rasoren/vitae2003.html   (2635 words)

 Zhuangzi [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
We will be able to sense and respond to what can only be vaguely expressed without forcing it into gross and unwieldy verbal expressions.
It is then that we are able to cope directly with what from the limited perspective of our socialized and 'linguistic' understanding seems to be too vague, too open, too paradoxical.
Zhuangzi’s philosophy is here characterized as "vast," “vague,” “outrageous,” “extravagant,” and “reckless”; he is also recognized for his encompassing modes of thought, his lack of partisanship, and his recklessness is acknowledged to be harmless.
www.iep.utm.edu /z/zhuangzi.htm   (7319 words)

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Vagueness is at times an indication of nearness to a perfect truth.
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