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Vagueness in Arguments

Give an explanation of the impact of vagueness in arguments. Then explain when and why a communicator would want to be vague in an argument.

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(1) Give an explanation of the impact of vagueness in arguments.

The focus on vagueness emerged as a controversial debate on common sense and logic in metaphysics. Several views were offered in which views on vagueness in arguments were offered from three dimensional and four-dimensional perspectives (e.g., Sider, 2002 as cited in Varzi (2005). The concept of vagueness suggest that four-dimensional objects need no justification; whereas, three dimensional objects must have evidence. For example, the question is posed, 'Under what conditions do objects come into or go out of existence?' Common sense is based on a three-dimensional concept in which objects extend across three spatial dimensions and persist through time by being fully present at all time (e.g.., Lewis, 1961 as cited in Varzi, 2005). From a four-dimensional perspective, it is argued that time ...

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This solution provides an explanation of the impact of vagueness in arguments, and explains why vagueness may be used in arguments.

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