Vagueness / Edition 1

Vagueness / Edition 1

by Timothy Williamson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415139805

ISBN-13: 9780415139809

Pub. Date: 05/07/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

If you keep removing single grains of sand from a heap, when is it no longer a heap? From discussions of the heap paradox in classical Greece, to modern formal approaches like fuzzy logic, Timothy Williamson traces the history of the problem of vagueness. He argues that standard logic and formal semantics apply even to vague languages and defends the controversial,

Overview

If you keep removing single grains of sand from a heap, when is it no longer a heap? From discussions of the heap paradox in classical Greece, to modern formal approaches like fuzzy logic, Timothy Williamson traces the history of the problem of vagueness. He argues that standard logic and formal semantics apply even to vague languages and defends the controversial, realist view that vagueness is a form of ignorance - there really is a grain of sand whose removal turns a heap into a non-heap, but we can never know exactly which one it is.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415139809
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/07/1996
Series:
Problems of Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
Series Prefaceix
Introductionxi
Part INihilism
1'There Are No Ordinary Things', Synthese, 41, pp. 117-54 (1979)3
2'On That Which Is Not', Synthese, 41, pp. 155-73 (1979)41
3'Nostalgia for the Ordinary: Comments on Papers by Unger and Wheeler', Synthese, 41, pp. 175-84 (1979)61
4'Sorites', Synthese, 58, pp. 219-50 (1984)71
5'An Argument for the Vagueness of "Vague"', Analysis, 45, pp. 134-37 (1985)103
Part IIObservational Predicates
6'On the Coherence of Vague Predicates', Synthese, 30, pp. 325-65 (1975)109
7'Phenomenal Colors and Sorites', Nous, 22, pp. 213-34 (1988)151
8'Are Vague Predicates Incoherent?', Synthese, 46, pp. 121-41 (1981)173
Part IIIDegrees of Truth
9'Degrees of Belief and Degrees of Truth', Philosophical Papers, 15, pp. 97-106 (1986)197
10'Validity, Uncertainty and Vagueness', Analysis, 52, pp. 193-204 (1992)207
Part IVEpistemicism
11'The Sorites Paradox', Philosophical Studies, 26, pp. 175-91 (1974)221
12'What Makes it a Heap?', Erkenntnis, 44, pp. 327-39 (1996)239
13'Hat-Tricks and Heaps', Philosophical Studies, 33, pp. 1-24 (1992)253
Part VHigher-Order Vagueness
14'Is There Higher-Order Vagueness?', The Philosophical Quarterly, 41, pp. 167-82 (1991)279
15'Is Higher Order Vagueness Coherent?', Analysis, 52, pp. 129-39 (1992)295
16'Wright and Sainsbury on Higher-Order Vagueness', Analysis, 53, pp. 193-200 (1993)307
17'A Note on the Logic of (Higher-Order) Vagueness', Analysis, 53, pp. 201-8 (1993)315
18'On the Structure of Higher-Order Vagueness', Mind, 108, pp. 127-43 (1999)323
19'Why Higher-Order Vagueness is a Pseudo-Problem', Mind, 103, pp. 35-41 (1994)341
20'Why the Vague Need Not be Higher-Order Vague', Mind, 103, pp. 43-45 (1994)349
Part VIContextualism
21'The Paradox of the Heap', in U. Monnich (ed.), Aspects of Philosophical Logic, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, pp. 225-77 (1981)355
22'The Liar and Sorites Paradoxes: Toward a Unified Treatment', Journal of Philosophy, 90, pp. 551-77 (1993)409
23'Vagueness Without Paradox', Philosophical Review, 103, pp. 41-74 (1994)437
Part VIIIntuitionism
24'Vagueness and Alternative Logic', Erkenntnis, 19, pp. 297-314 (1983)473
25'Hairier than Putnam Thought', Analysis, 45, pp. 56-58 (1985)491
26'A Quick Read is a Wrong Wright', Analysis, 45, p. 203 (1985)495
27'Putnam on the Sorites Paradox', Philosophical Papers, 25, pp. 47-56 (1996)497
Name Index507

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