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# precisification

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## Examples

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

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

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

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• 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™.

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• 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.

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

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

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• 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™.

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

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

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