Avoiding predicate whiplash: social choice theory and linguistic vagueness

Timothy Wood Grinsell


Vagueness effects predictably occur in predicates that aggregate judgments along a number of different criteria. With these types of aggregations, small changes along one of the criteria can lead to big changes in the outcome of the aggregation procedure. Vagueness results from avoiding this ‘whiplash’ effect.


Semantics; vagueness; social choice; tolerance

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v22i0.2628

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