Ethics 124 (3):557-571 (2014)

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Luke Elson
University of Reading
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I argue that the Ruth Chang’s Chaining Argument for her parity view of value incomparability trades illicitly on the vagueness of the predicate ‘is comparable with’. Chang is alert to this danger and argues that the predicate is not vague, but this defense does not succeed. The Chaining Argument also faces a dilemma. The predicate is either vague or precise. If it is vague, then the argument is most plausibly a sorites. If it is precise, then the argument is either question begging or dialectically ineffective. I argue that no chaining-type argument can succeed
Keywords incommensurability  incomparability  parity  chaining argument  ruth chang
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DOI 10.1086/674844
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