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Ideas of Mark Sainsbury, by Text

[British, b.1943, At King's College, University of London.]

1990 Concepts without Boundaries
Intro p.251 Vague concepts are concepts without boundaries
2 p.352 If 'red' is vague, then membership of the set of red things is vague, so there is no set of red things
5 p.257 If concepts are vague, people avoid boundaries, can't spot them, and don't want them
5 p.258 Boundaryless concepts tend to come in pairs, such as child/adult, hot/cold
8 p.264 We should abandon classifying by pigeon-holes, and classify around paradigms
2006 The Essence of Reference
18.2 p.398 Definite descriptions may not be referring expressions, since they can fail to refer
18.2 p.400 It is best to say that a name designates iff there is something for it to designate
18.2 p.402 Things are thought to have a function, even when they can't perform them
18.3 p.406 A new usage of a name could arise from a mistaken baptism of nothing
18.5 p.413 Even a quantifier like 'someone' can be used referentially
18.5 p.419 Definite descriptions are usually rigid in subject, but not in predicate, position