Vagueness

Vagueness

by Timothy Williamson
     
 

Common concepts like "most" or "soon" pose some serious logical problems, one of the best known of which is known as the Sorites Paradox. Graff (philosophy, Cornell U.) and Williamson (philosophy, U. of Oxford) present a reader of 27 previously published papers (appearing in philosophical journals between 1974 and 1999) that grapple with the problem from the… See more details below

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Common concepts like "most" or "soon" pose some serious logical problems, one of the best known of which is known as the Sorites Paradox. Graff (philosophy, Cornell U.) and Williamson (philosophy, U. of Oxford) present a reader of 27 previously published papers (appearing in philosophical journals between 1974 and 1999) that grapple with the problem from the perspective of seven different schools of thought. These are nihilism, observational predicates, degrees of truth, epistemicism, higher-order vagueness, contextualism, and intuitionism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415033312
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/07/1994
Series:
Problems of Philosophy Series
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Series Preface
Introduction
1There Are No Ordinary Things3
2On That Which Is Not41
3Nostalgia for the Ordinary: Comments on Papers by Unger and Wheeler61
4Sorites71
5An Argument for the Vagueness of "Vague"103
6On the Coherence of Vague Predicates109
7Phenomenal Colors and Sorites151
8Are Vague Predicates Incoherent?173
9Degrees of Belief and Degrees of Truth197
10Validity, Uncertainty and Vagueness207
11The Sorites Paradox221
12What Makes it a Heap?239
13Hat-Tricks and Heaps253
14Is There Higher-Order Vagueness?279
15Is Higher Order Vagueness Coherent?295
16Wright and Sainsbury on Higher-Order Vagueness307
17A Note on the Logic of (Higher-Order) Vagueness315
18On the Structure of Higher-Order Vagueness323
19Why Higher-Order Vagueness is a Pseudo-Problem341
20Why the Vague Need Not be Higher-Order Vague349
21The Paradox of the Heap355
22The Liar and Sorites Paradoxes: Toward a Unified Treatment409
23Vagueness Without Paradox437
24Vagueness and Alternative Logic473
25Hairier than Putnam Thought491
26A Quick Read is a Wrong Wright495
27Putnam on the Sorites Paradox497
Name Index507

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