peting theories of vagueness. Nonetheless, when Tek is borderline tall, it does seem that the unclarity about whether he is tall is not merely epistemic (i.e. such. Cambridge Studies in Philosophy: Theories of Vagueness by Rosanna Keefe, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. In this book Rosanna Keefe explores the questions of what we should want from theories of vagueness and how we should compare them. Her powerful and.

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The horizon is where the earth meets the sky and is certainly less than a billion meters away.

In other words, truth is disquotational. But as we add more straight lines to the polygon square, pentagon, hexagon, and so on we make progress—by iterating the bad idea of modeling a circle with straight lines.

A precisification that draws the line across the borderline cases conserves more paradigm usage than one that draws the line across clear cases. The pragmatic account of vagueness; 7.

Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. One of his students, Henry Mehlberg went on to substitute gaps for gluts.


Cambridge Studies in Philosophy: Theories of Vagueness

This modest ambition seems prudent. Academic Tools How to cite this entry.

Science Logic and Mathematics. Likewise, we do not judge precisifications of borderline cases by their truth-values because they are obviously not ascertainable as true or false. The horizon is more than 1 meter away. Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative.

Supervaluationists encourage the view that all vagueness is a matter of linguistic indecision: A Machiavellian epistemicist will welcome this battle between the gaps and the gluts.

Theories of Vagueness Rosanna Keefe. History of Western Philosophy. These questions are receiving increasing philosophical attention, and in this book, first published inRosanna Keefe explores the questions of what we should want from an account of vagueness and how we should assess vaguenness theories.

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Where does the tail of vaguenews snake begin? Overall, the book is concise and well presented. Supervaluationism According to supervaluationists, borderline statements lack a truth-value. These questions are impossible to answer because they involve absolute borderline cases.

His political calculation is: But what is the best semantic treatment of terms like ‘heap’, ‘red’ and ‘child’?


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Or are borderline cases side-effects of ordinary conversation—like echoes? Hegelians believed this dialectical conception of vagueness solved the sorites and demonstrated the inadequacy of classical logic. I will then discuss some rival theories of vagueness with an emphasis on many-valued logic, supervaluationism and contextualism.

The contextualist would also need to address a second technique for stabilizing the context. The rule for assigning gluts is the mirror image of the rule for assigning gaps: Wells was amongst the first to suggest that we must moderate the application of logic:. When posed as a rhetorical question, the vaugeness is hinting that there is no definite answer.

Oof, like theoriex professors, he scolds students if they fail to stick with the same spelling throughout the composition. When a term is applied to one of its absolute borderline cases the result is a statement that resists all attempts to settle whether it is true or false.

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