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Ambiguity and vagueness in political terminology: On coding and referential imprecision

Dowding, Keith; Bosworth, William

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Analytic political philosophy tries to make our political language more precise. But in doing so it risks departing from our natural language and intuitions. This article examines this tension. We argue that the ambiguity and vagueness of our political language can be overcome with coding decisions. While vagueness is a deeper philosophical problem than ambiguity, there are important conceptual similarities. Gareth Evans has formally proved that there can be conflicting yet equally valid...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/164258
Source: European Journal of Political Theory
DOI: 10.1177/1474885118771256

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