© Matthew Hernandez 2014
This paper explores how a Humean may respond to issues of vagueness in philosophy of language—and in extension—ontology. It begins with an examination of the sorites paradox and two common responses: epistemicism, and eliminativism. I then turn to David Hume’s conception of abstract ideas as a way to determine how vague terms refer and then compare this view to both epistemicism and eliminativism. The paper ends with a defense of the Humean view as a synthesis of the two, which ultimately questions the formulation of the sorites paradox as a proper use of language.
Hernandez, Matthew (2014) "Towards a Humean Solution of Vagueness in Language and Ontology," Res Cogitans: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 8. http://dx.doi.org/10.7710/2155-4838.1100