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precisification

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  • Typically, it is thought that the denotation of a term according to a precisification is determined directly.

    The Problem of the Many

  • So a precisification can make each of these either true or false.

    The Problem of the Many

  • As it is often put, following Kit Fine (1975), a precisification must respect

    The Problem of the Many

  • The coordination between the two terms, the fact that on every precisification ˜that™ denotes an object in the extension of ˜cloud™ is explained by the fact that the very same thing, naturalness according to P, determines the denotation of ˜cloud™ and of ˜that™.

    The Problem of the Many

  • What the precisification does is provide a new, and somewhat arbitrary, standard of naturalness, and the content of the terms according to the precisification is then determined by Lewis's theory of content.

    The Problem of the Many

  • But according to the supervaluationist, it is only determinately true if it is true on every precisification.

    The Problem of the Many

  • A precisification is admissible iff every sentence that is determinately true (false) in English is true (false) in the precisification.

    The Problem of the Many

  • To a first approximation, to be admissible a precisification must assign all the determinate heaps to the extension of ˜heap™ and assign none of the determinate non-heaps to its extension, but it is free to assign or not assign things in the ˜penumbra™ between these groups to the extension of ˜heap™.

    The Problem of the Many

  • Each of these ways of making it precise is called a precisification.

    The Problem of the Many

  • It is a fact about a precisification P that, according to it,

    The Problem of the Many

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  • Brad Skow, On the Meaning of the Question, 'How Fast Does Time Pass?' (PDF): 'There are philosophers who think that some views about the nature of time can be refuted just by asking this question (in the right tone of voice). Others think the question has an obvious and boring answer. I think we need to be clearer on what the question means before we can say either way.

    'In this paper I will examine several different questions, all of which have some claim to be precisifications of the question, “How fast does time pass?�?'

    May 2, 2009