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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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Cambridge Studies in Philosophy: Theories of Vagueness

meefe Logic should be ontologically neutral. Her study will be of particular interest to readers in philosophy of language and of mind, philosophical logic, epistemology and metaphysics. Trenton Merricks claims that standard characterizations of linguistic vagueness rely on metaphysical vagueness.

Indeed, every natural language is self-disambiguating in the sense that each has all the resources needed to uniquely specify any reading one desires.

For the sake of comparison, consider discretion between alternative spellings. The aptness of his generalization is not judged by fheories literal truth-value because it is obviously untrue. Since the addition of disjuncts can raise probability indefinitely, the epistemicists correctly predict that we can hedge our way to full assertibility.

Since probabilities may be extracted from hypothetical betting behavior, I must actually assign some small normally negligible probability to hypotheses identifying particular thresholds. Rosanna Keefe kkeefe – Mind This predicate could be embedded in a mind numbing sorites that would never generate context shifts. He roots for the weaker side. When the girl says that she wants a toy rather than clothes, she narrows the range of acceptable gifts without going through the trouble of specifying a particular gift.


Enrique Romerales – – Sorites The formula is to divide his weight in kilograms by the square of his height in meters.

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They keece vagueness as practical uncertainty as to whether to treat a borderline F as an F. In Praise of VaguenessNew York: Some non-enemies of vague objects also have an ambition to consolidate various species of indeterminacy Barnes and Williams keefee Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Request removal from index.

Most theorems of standard logic break down when intermediate truth-values are involved. In a more psychological vein, Diana Raffman says changes in context trigger gestalt shifts between look-alike categories.

Essays toward a Morality of Consequence Peter Railton. Acknowledging departure from ordinary usage would relieve him of the obligation to defend the sharp cut-off. Compounds of these statements can have a truth-value if they come out true regardless of how the statement is precisified.

I can tell there are more than ten of these hallucinated theorirs but I cannot tell how many. For instance, Crispin Wright and Stewart Shapiro say a competent speaker can faultlessly classify the borderline case as a positive instance while another competent speaker can faultlessly classify the case as a negative instance. vaugeness

The girl also balances values: Uncertainty Behind the Veil of Ignorance. The phenomena of vagueness; 2. Instead of continuing to treat higher order vagueness as an insight, several philosophers repudiate higher order vagueness as an illusion Wright Who can turn a can into a cane?


The most popular approach is to use an infinite ttheories of truth-values represented oof the real numbers between 0 for full falsehood and 1 for full truth.

When we reach this stage, we start to suspect that our uncertainty is due to the concept of obesity rather than to our theorise means of testing for obesity. Metaphysics and Semantics ,Oxford University Press. Is All Vagueness Linguistic? Morality and Action Warren Quinn.

Therefore, a 36, day old human being is a child. Hegelians believed this dialectical conception of vagueness solved the sorites and demonstrated the inadequacy of classical logic.

Their Nature and Representation Barry Maund. Thus it cannot increase the degree of truth. One may wonder whether this striking result is a genuine convergence with standard logic. Where does the tail of a snake begin?

For in addition to the unclarity of the borderline case, there is normally unclarity as to where the unclarity keefs. A concise survey of theories of vagueness and a defense of the supervaluationism theory, this book is carefully organized into eight chapters that can be grouped into three distinct parts.