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Cuts and Clouds: Vaguenesss, its Nature, and its Logic

Richard Dietz and Sebastiano Moruzzi

Abstract

Vagueness is a familiar but deeply puzzling aspect of the relation between language and the world. It is highly controversial what the nature of vagueness is; a feature of the way we represent reality in language, or rather a feature of reality itself? Assuming standard logical principles, Sorites' arguments suggest that vague terms are either inconsistent or have a sharp boundary. The account we give of such paradoxes plays a pivotal role for our understanding of natural languages. If our reasoning involves any vague concepts, is it safe from contradiction? Do vague concepts really lack any s ... More

Keywords: vagueness, Sorites paradoxes, tolerance, non-classical logic, context-dependence, higher-order vagueness, partiality, indeterminacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570386
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Dietz, editor
University of Leuven and University of St Andrews
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Sebastiano Moruzzi, editor
University of Bologna and University of St Andrews
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Contents

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Introduction

Richard Dietz and Sebastiano Moruzzi

PART I THE NATURE OF VAGUENESS?

I What is Vagueness?

4 Vagueness as Indeterminacy

Brian Weatherson

II Vagueness in Reality

6 Vague Properties

Stephen Schiffer

III Tolerance and Paradox

9 Agnosticism and Vagueness

Sven Rosenkranz

IV Vagueness in Context

15 Hold the Context Fixed—Vagueness Still Remains

Jonas Åkerman and Patrick Greenough

PART II THE LOGIC OF VAGUENESS

V Supervaluationism

VI Paraconsistent Logics

VII Many‐Valued Logics

25 Fuzzy Epistemicism

John MacFarlane

VIII Higher‐Order Vagueness

End Matter