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Vagueness is the first comprehensive treatment of this increasingly important topic in metaphysics and the philosophy of logic and language. Students in these areas and researchers in artificial intelligence and linguistics will find its non-technical approach invaluable. For the technically-minded, an appendix shows how the treatment can be formalized within the framework of epistemic logic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415033312
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/7/1994
  • Series: Problems of Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 340
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Preface
1 There Are No Ordinary Things 3
2 On That Which Is Not 41
3 Nostalgia for the Ordinary: Comments on Papers by Unger and Wheeler 61
4 Sorites 71
5 An Argument for the Vagueness of "Vague" 103
6 On the Coherence of Vague Predicates 109
7 Phenomenal Colors and Sorites 151
8 Are Vague Predicates Incoherent? 173
9 Degrees of Belief and Degrees of Truth 197
10 Validity, Uncertainty and Vagueness 207
11 The Sorites Paradox 221
12 What Makes it a Heap? 239
13 Hat-Tricks and Heaps 253
14 Is There Higher-Order Vagueness? 279
15 Is Higher Order Vagueness Coherent? 295
16 Wright and Sainsbury on Higher-Order Vagueness 307
17 A Note on the Logic of (Higher-Order) Vagueness 315
18 On the Structure of Higher-Order Vagueness 323
19 Why Higher-Order Vagueness is a Pseudo-Problem 341
20 Why the Vague Need Not be Higher-Order Vague 349
21 The Paradox of the Heap 355
22 The Liar and Sorites Paradoxes: Toward a Unified Treatment 409
23 Vagueness Without Paradox 437
24 Vagueness and Alternative Logic 473
25 Hairier than Putnam Thought 491
26 A Quick Read is a Wrong Wright 495
27 Putnam on the Sorites Paradox 497
Name Index 507
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