Kees Van Deemter – Not Exactly


From this relativistic stance, the vagueness of a word may be likened to the smoothness of a physical surface or the straightness of a line. Some lines are clearly bent whereas others appear to be straight; but under a magnifying glass even the straightest of lines will show up imperfections. Similarly, apparently crisp¹ distinctions have a tendency to turn vague when examined closely. Perhaps the real thing – a perfectly straight line, a perfectly crisp concept – exists in our imagination only.

¹crisp: clearly defined (as stated by the author himself).

© Kees van Deemter – Not Exactly (excerto) – Oxford University Press


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