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Vagueness

Vagueness - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415139809

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ISBN13: 978-0415139809
ISBN10: 0415139805
Edition: 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 1996
International: No

Vagueness - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415139809

Timothy Williamson

ISBN13: 978-0415139809
ISBN10: 0415139805
Edition: 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

Vagueness provides the first comprehensive examination of a topic of increasing importance in metaphysics and the philosophy of logic and language. Timothy Williamson traces the history of this philosophical problem from discussions of the heap paradox in classical Greece to modern formal approaches such as fuzzy logic. He illustrates the problems with views which have taken the position that standard logic and formal semantics do not apply to vague language, and defends the controversial realistic view that vagueness is a kind of ignorance--that there really is a grain of sand whose removal turns a heap into a non-heap, but we cannot know which one it is.

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