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Vagueness and Degrees of Truth
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Vagueness and Degrees of Truth

Nicholas J. J. Smith

Abstract

This book argues that an adequate account of vagueness must involve degrees of truth. The basic idea of degrees of truth is that while some sentences are true and some are false, others possess intermediate truth values: they are truer than the false sentences, but not as true as the true ones. This idea is immediately appealing in the context of vagueness — yet it has fallen on hard times in the philosophical literature, with existing degree-theoretic treatments of vagueness facing apparently insuperable objections. The book seeks to turn the tide in favour of a degree-theoretic treatment of ... More

Keywords: truth, truth values, false sentences, degree-theoretic treatment, degrees, fuzzy plurivaluationism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199233007
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233007.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas J. J. Smith, author
The University of Sydney
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