Vagueness: A Reader

Vagueness A Reader Vagueness is currently the subject of vigorous debate in the philosophy of logic and language Vague terms such as tall red bald and tadpole have borderline cases arguably someone may be neither

  • Title: Vagueness: A Reader
  • Author: Rosanna Keefe
  • ISBN: 9780262611459
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • Vagueness is currently the subject of vigorous debate in the philosophy of logic and language Vague terms such as tall , red , bald , and tadpole have borderline cases arguably, someone may be neither tall nor not tall and they lack well defined extensions there is no sharp boundary between tall people and the rest So the phenomenon of vagueness poses a funVagueness is currently the subject of vigorous debate in the philosophy of logic and language Vague terms such as tall , red , bald , and tadpole have borderline cases arguably, someone may be neither tall nor not tall and they lack well defined extensions there is no sharp boundary between tall people and the rest So the phenomenon of vagueness poses a fundamental challenge to classical logic and semantics, which assumes that propositions are either true or false and that extensions are determinate Another striking problem to which vagueness gives rise is the sorites paradox If you remove one grain from a heap of sand, surely you must be left with a heap Yet apply this principle repeatedly as you remove grains one by one, and you end up, absurdly, with a solitary grain that counts as a heap This anthology collects for the first time the most important papers in the area.

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