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Spectrum Arguments: Objections and Replies

Larry S. Temkin

in Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideals and the Nature of Practical Reasoning

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199759446
eISBN:
9780199932214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759446.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

Chapters 2 through 5 presented various Spectrum Arguments which revealed an inconsistency between certain standard views regarding how to make trade-offs between different alternatives along a ... More


Vagueness, Partiality, and the Sorites Paradox

Scott Soames

in Understanding Truth

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195123357
eISBN:
9780199872114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195123352.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Presents a theory of partially defined, context sensitive, vague predicates, each of which is associated with a default determinate‐extension – i.e., a set of things to which the rules of the ... More


The Illusion of Higher‐Order Vagueness

Crispin Wright

in Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, its Nature, & its Logic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199570386
eISBN:
9780191722134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0031
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

It is common among philosophers who take an interest in the phenomenon of vagueness in natural language not merely to acknowledge higher-order vagueness but to take its existence as a basic datum; so ... More


Understanding Truth

Scott Soames

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195123357
eISBN:
9780199872114
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195123352.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Understanding Truth aims to illuminate the notion of truth, and the role it plays in our ordinary thought, as well as in our logical, philosophical, and scientific theories. Part 1 is ... More


The Sorites, Linguistic Preconceptions, and the Dual Picture of Vagueness

Mario Gómez‐Torrente

in Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, its Nature, & its Logic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199570386
eISBN:
9780191722134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter postulates that the extension of a degree adjective is fixed by implicitly accepted non-analytic reference-fixing principles (‘preconceptions’) that combine appeals to paradigmatic cases ... More


Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, its Nature, & its Logic

Richard Dietz and Sebastiano Moruzzi (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199570386
eISBN:
9780191722134
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

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 ... More


Introduction

Nicholas J. J. Smith

in Vagueness and Degrees of Truth

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199233007
eISBN:
9780191716430
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233007.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the use of the term ‘vague’ in philosophy. It presents three characteristics of vague predicates: they give rise to borderline cases; their ... More


Introduction

Richard Dietz and Sebastiano Moruzzi

in Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, its Nature, & its Logic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199570386
eISBN:
9780191722134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This introductory chapter begins with a brief exposition of two types of puzzling issues that the philosophical discussion centres on and that also play a pivotal role in this collection: (i) the ... More


Fuzzy Epistemicism

John MacFarlane

in Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, its Nature, & its Logic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199570386
eISBN:
9780191722134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0026
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Much of the literature on vagueness has taken for granted that semantic and epistemic approaches to vagueness are fundamentally at odds. If we can analyze borderline cases and the Sorites paradox in ... More


Introduction

Richard Kimberly Heck

in The Riddle of Vagueness: Selected Essays 1975-2020

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780199277339
eISBN:
9780191915710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199277339.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language

Crispin Wright’s work on vagueness has been extremely influential. This piece provides an overview of his contributions and the ways his views have changed over the forty-plus years he has been ... More


Temporal Dynamics in Categorization

Michael Spivey

in The Continuity of Mind

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195170788
eISBN:
9780199786831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170788.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

This chapter identifies weaknesses in formal logical approaches to categorization by discussing Russell's Paradox with set theory and the Sorites Paradox, and by tracking the continuous temporal ... More


Replies to Part II Intuitionism and the Sorites: Replies to Rumfitt and Schiffer

Crispin Wright

in Logic, Language, and Mathematics: Themes from the Philosophy of Crispin Wright

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780199278343
eISBN:
9780191881442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199278343.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter provides a reply to the chapters in Part II of this book. It looks at the philosophical challenges presented by vagueness. Philosophers of language from Frege on had been for the most ... More


Hold the Context Fixed—Vagueness Still Remains

Jonas Åkerman and Patrick Greenough

in Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, its Nature, & its Logic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199570386
eISBN:
9780191722134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Contextualism about vagueness is the view that vagueness consists in a particular species of context-sensitivity, and that accommodating this fact will yield a plausible solution to the Sorites ... More


Sorensen on Vagueness and Contradiction

Dorothy Edgington

in Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, its Nature, & its Logic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199570386
eISBN:
9780191722134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses some themes from Roy Sorensen's book Vagueness and Contradiction. While agreeing with Sorensen that the major premise in a Sorites argument must be false, it rejects the ... More


The Challenge from Vagueness

Ian Rumfitt

in The Boundary Stones of Thought: An Essay in the Philosophy of Logic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780198733638
eISBN:
9780191798016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733638.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Vague terms have for centuries presented a challenge to classical logic: in paradoxes like the Sorites, the application of classical laws takes us from true premisses to apparently absurd ... More


Vagueness and Intuitionistic Logic

Ian Rumfitt

in Logic, Language, and Mathematics: Themes from the Philosophy of Crispin Wright

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780199278343
eISBN:
9780191881442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199278343.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter considers the question: should we employ intuitionistic logic, not classical logic, when reasoning with vague concepts? In his commentary on Michael Dummett’s “Wang’s Paradox,” Crispin ... More


Motivating Non-Contingency

Cian Dorr, John Hawthorne, and Juhani Yli-Vakkuri

in The Bounds of Possibility: Puzzles of Modal Variation

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780192846655
eISBN:
9780191939143
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192846655.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter takes up the question of how to motivate the crucial ‘Non-Contingency’ premise in the Tolerance Puzzles introduced in Chapter 2, a question that has received surprisingly little ... More


Hysteresis Hypotheses

Alan Hájek

in Conditionals, Paradox, and Probability: Themes from the Philosophy of Dorothy Edgington

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198712732
eISBN:
9780191781070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198712732.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language

This chapter assimilates the Sorites Paradox and the Preface Paradox, drawing parallels between reasoning with uncertainty and reasoning with vague concepts (a theme that Dorothy Edgington has ... More


Foreword

Crispin Wright

in Logic, Language, and Mathematics: Themes from the Philosophy of Crispin Wright

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780199278343
eISBN:
9780191881442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199278343.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter is divided into four parts, corresponding to the partitioning of the essays in the volume. Part I, on neo-Fregeanism in the philosophy of mathematics develops replies to Demopolous, ... More


Logic, Language, and Mathematics: Themes from the Philosophy of Crispin Wright

Alexander Miller (ed.)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780199278343
eISBN:
9780191881442
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199278343.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This Festschrift volume contains a series of specially commissioned papers by leading philosophers on themes from the philosophy of Crispin Wright and a previously unpublished paper by George Boolos, ... More


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