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Title Vagueness : a reader / edited by Rosanna Keefe and Peter Smith.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1996.
1996

Subject Vagueness (Philosophy)
Alt Name Keefe, Rosanna.
Smith, Peter, 1944-
Description 1 online resource (vi, 352 pages) : illustrations
Note "A Bradford book."
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 338-345) and index.
Summary 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 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.
Contents 1. Introduction: theories of vagueness / Rosanna Keefe and Peter Smith -- 2. On the sorites / Diogenes Laertius, Galen and Cicero -- 3. Vagueness / Bertrand Russell -- 4. Vagueness: an exercise in logical analysis / Max Black -- 5. Vagueness and logic / Carl G. Hempel -- 6. Truth and vagueness / Henryk Mehlberg -- 7. The sorites paradox / James Cargile -- 8. Wang's paradox / Michael Dummett -- 9. Vagueness, truth and logic / Kit Fine -- 10. Language-mastery and the sorites paradox / Crispin Wright -- 11. Truth, belief and vagueness / Kenton F. Machina -- 12. Further reflections on the sorites paradox / Crispin Wright -- 13. Concepts without boundaries / R.M. Sainsbury -- 14. Vagueness and ignorance / Timothy Williamson -- 15. Sorites paradoxes and the semantics of vagueness / Michael Tye -- 16. Vagueness by degress / Dorothy Edgington -- 17. Can there be vague objects? / Gareth Evans -- 18. Vague identity: Evans misunderstood / David Lewis.
Note Print version record.
English.
ISBN 0585021279 (electronic bk.)
9780585021270 (electronic bk.)
9780262112253 (acid-free paper)
0262112256 (acid-free paper)
9780262276887
0262276887
0262112256
0262041960
9780262611459 (paperback)
0262611457 (paperback)
ISBN/ISSN 9780585021270 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 42328832
Additional Format Print version: Vagueness. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1996 0262112256 (DLC) 96040332 (OCoLC)36086811
Table of Contents
 Acknowledgements 
1Introduction: theories of vagueness / Rosanna Keefe, Peter Smith1
2On the sorites / Diogenes Laertius, Galen, Cicero58
3Vagueness / Bertrand Russell61
4Vagueness: an exercise in logical analysis / Max Black69
5Vagueness and logic / Carl G. Hempel82
6Truth and vagueness / Henryk Mehlberg85
7The sorites paradox / James Cargile89
8Wang's paradox / Michael Dummett99
9Vagueness, truth and logic / Kit Fine119
10Language-mastery and the sorites paradox / Crispin Wright151
11Truth, belief and vagueness / Kenton F. Machina174
12Further reflections on the sorites paradox / Crispin Wright204
13Concepts without boundaries / R. M. Sainsbury251
14Vagueness and ignorance / Timothy Williamson265
15Sorites paradoxes and the semantics of vagueness / Michael Tye281
16Vagueness by degress / Dorothy Edgington294
17Can there be vague objects? / Gareth Evans317
18Vague identity: Evans misunderstood / David Lewis318
19Worldly indeterminacy of identity / Terence Parsons, Peter Woodruff321
 References338
 Index346


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