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Sorites Paradox

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[Revised entry by Dominic Hyde and Diana Raffman on March 26, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] The sorites paradox originated in an ancient puzzle that appears to be generated by vague terms, viz., terms with unclear ("blurred" or "fuzzy") boundaries of application. 'Bald', 'heap', 'tall', 'old', and 'blue' are prime examples of vague terms: no clear line divides people who are bald from people who are not, or blue objects from green (hence not blue), or old people from middle-aged (hence not old). Because the...

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