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Vagueness as Indeterminacy

Brian Weatherson

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/9780199570386.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues that a term is vague if it is indeterminate. As a special case of this, it argues that a predicate is vague if it has borderline cases. This was until recently the standard ... More


Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law

David Lanius

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190923693
eISBN:
9780190923723
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190923693.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

Indeterminacy in legal texts is pervasive.At the same time, there is a widespread misunderstanding about what indeterminacy is - especially in the law. Legal texts are particularly interesting ... 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specially commissioned papers by leading philosophers on themes from the philosophy of Crispin Wright and a previously unpublished paper by George Boolos, ...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


Functions of Indeterminacy

David Lanius

in Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190923693
eISBN:
9780190923723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190923693.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chaptersheds light on the potential use of linguistic indeterminacy. It identifies conditions under which indeterminacy in general (if not semantic vagueness) can be strategically used.The ... More


Gradability in Natural Language: Logical and Grammatical Foundations

Heather Burnett

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780198724797
eISBN:
9780191792298
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724797.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This monograph presents a new theory of the relationship between vagueness, context sensitivity, gradability, and scale structure in natural language. The book argues that particular subclasses of ... More


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

Lee Walters and John Hawthorne (eds)

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198712732
eISBN:
9780191781070
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198712732.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language

This is a volume of essays in philosophy and linguistics in tribute to Dorothy Edgington, the first woman to hold a chair in philosophy in the University of Oxford. The volume focuses on topics to ... More


Forms of Indeterminacy

David Lanius

in Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190923693
eISBN:
9780190923723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190923693.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

In the first chapter, linguistic indeterminacy is defined in terms of unclarity in linguistic content. Based on this general definition, three main forms of linguistic indeterminacy are ... More


Risk, Biases, and Logical Fallacies

Julee T. Flood and Terry L. Leap

in Managing Risk in High-Stakes Faculty Employment Decisions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501728952
eISBN:
9781501728969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501728952.003.0003
Subject:
Education, Higher and Further Education

The wide array of risks facing institutions of higher learning is presented. Risk is a multi-faceted concept that can be addressed through avoidance, assumption, reduction, transfer, and sharing ... More


Mathematics, Epistemology, Ethics: Robert Musil, the Man Without Qualities

Nina Engelhardt

in Modernism, Fiction and Mathematics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474416238
eISBN:
9781474449656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416238.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 3 argues that mathematics in Musil’s The Man without Qualities not only exemplifies the side of rationality but also encompasses mystical elements and transitional states between these ... More


Living Words: Meaning Underdetermination and the Dynamic Lexicon

Peter Ludlow

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198712053
eISBN:
9780191781407
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712053.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This book follows recent work in philosophy, linguistics, and psychology that rejects the standard, static picture of language, and instead highlights the extreme context sensitivity of natural ... More


Meaning Underdetermination, Logic, and Vagueness

Peter Ludlow

in Living Words: Meaning Underdetermination and the Dynamic Lexicon

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198712053
eISBN:
9780191781407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712053.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter takes up the issue of meaning underdetermination in the semantics of natural language and the consequences that extrude from that in logic and in puzzles like vagueness. It is argued ... More


Language and the Law

David Lanius

in Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190923693
eISBN:
9780190923723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190923693.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

In this chapter legal utterances are analysed as being typically normative, directed toward future events, addressed to heterogeneous audiences, and applied in a wide variety of circumstances.It ... More


Indeterminacy in the Law

David Lanius

in Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190923693
eISBN:
9780190923723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190923693.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter examines the role of lexical and syntactic ambiguity, polysemy, as well as gradual and multi-dimensional vagueness in the law. It relates the legal functions of generality and ... More


Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law

David Lanius

in Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190923693
eISBN:
9780190923723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190923693.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

The last chapter identifies five basic functions of indeterminacyin laws, verdicts, and contracts.First, indeterminacy can facilitate the finding of compromise in the light of conflicting interests ... More


Vagueness and linguistic analysis

Heather Burnett

in Gradability in Natural Language: Logical and Grammatical Foundations

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780198724797
eISBN:
9780191792298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724797.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter serves as an introduction to one of the main empirical phenomena to be analyzed in the monograph and the formal tools that will be used in the analysis. In the first part, the empirical ... More


A Realistic Color Realism

Joshua Gert

in Primitive Colors: A Case Study in Neo-pragmatist Metaphysics and Philosophy of Perception

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198785910
eISBN:
9780191840579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198785910.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter draws a distinction between rough and precise colors. Rough colors are picked out by such basic color terms as “red,” “blue,” “pink,” “gray,” and so on. Precise colors, on the other ... More


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