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Vagueness: A Reader / Edition 1

Vagueness: A Reader / Edition 1

by Rosanna Keefe, Peter Smith


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ISBN-13: 9780262611459
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/22/1999
Series: Bradford Books Series
Edition description: 1st MIT Press Paperback Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rosanna Keefe is a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge University

Peter Smith is a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

Table of 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 Languagemastery 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 degrees
Dorothy Edgington
17 Can there be vague objects?
Gareth Evans
18 Vague identity: Evans misunderstood
David Lewis
19 Worldly indeterminacy of identity
Terence Parsons and Peter Woodruff

What People are Saying About This

Peter Ludlow

Anyone who has the vague sense that they ought to know more about vagueness (potentially anyone working in logic, metaphysics, semantics or the philosophy of language) will find that this collection can definitely bring them up to speed (and then some). The collection seamlessly connects contemporary research with the historical problem of vagueness. Best of all, Keefe and Smith have provided an excellent introduction which his itself worth the price of the book. The resulting collection is an indispensable resource for anyone working in the core areas of philosophy.

Terry Horgan

A timeless collection of classic and recent writings on vagueness, with a very useful introductory overview essay by the editors. The book is an invaluable reference work, and is very well suited as a reader in courses on vagueness.

Roy A. Sorensen

This timeless anthology provides an inviting first step to anyone interested in the sorites paradox. The issues are developed with an agreeable blend of logic and history. Each step of the dialectic is followed by a yet more interesting step. Consequently, even veterans of vagueness will marvel at how the editors have compressed so much wisdom into only finitely many pages.

From the Publisher

"This balanced and comprehensive collection will be a standard reference for many years to come." Alice Kyburg , ComputationalLinguistics

Computational Linguistics - Alice Kyburg

This balanced and comprehensive collection will be a standard reference for many years to come.

Graeme Forbes

This volume contains a well-chosen sample of the best work on vagueness in recent years. It also contains new work of the highest quality.

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