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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


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 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


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