Schiffer, Stephen

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Stephen Schiffer

Professor of Philosophy

Silver Dialogues Essay

Philosophers seek an account of what vagueness is that resolves the sorites paradox, a conundrum that has troubled philosophers since the 4th century B.C. ‘Sorites’ derives from the Greek word for heap, ‘soros’, and the original “paradox of the heap” turned on the apparently plausible but application-destroying assumption that if n grains of (say) sand do, or don’t, make a heap, then one grain more or less would make no difference to whether it is, or isn’t, a heap. Read More...