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July 12, 2005



I'm a bit surprised to see that you don't even mention in your ppt questions of vagueness and ambiguity, since they were traditionally thought as the primary sources of verbal disputes (this was, for instance, Locke's and Hume's contention). Of course verbal disputes may rise even in absence of any vague expression, but still I think that a large class of verbal disputes is strictly connected to vagueness and ambiguity. Perhaps they are uninteresting cases, but it would be useful to investigate the relation, if there is any, between verbal disputes and so called 'faultless disagreements' that originate from vagueness.

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