Cuts and Clouds: Vaguenesss, its Nature and its Logic

Hardcover | February 14, 2010

EditorRichard Dietz, Sebastiano Moruzzi

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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? May even relations like identity orparthood be affected by vagueness? 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 fromcontradiction? Do vague concepts really lack any sharp boundary? If not, why are we reluctant to accept the existence of any sharp boundary for them? And what rules of inference can we validly apply, if we reason in vague terms? Cuts and Clouds presents the latest work towards a clearerunderstanding of these old puzzles about the nature and logic of vagueness. The collection offers a stimulating series of original essays on these and related issues by some of the world's leading experts.

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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? May even relations like identity orparthood be affected by vagueness? Sorites argum...

Richard Dietz received his PhD from the University of Oxford. He has held research positions at the Arche Research Centre in St Andrews and the Institute for Philosophical Research in Mexico City. He is currently Research Fellow at the Centre for Logic and Analytical Philosophical, at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven....

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:February 14, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Richard Dietz and Sebastiano Moruzzi: IntroductionI. The Nature of VaguenessPart 1. What is Vagueness?1. Agustin Rayo: A Metasemantic Account of Vagueness2. Scott Soames: The Possibility of Partial Definition3. Matti Eklund: Vagueness and Second-Level Indeterminacy4. Brian Weatherson: Vagueness as Indeterminacy5. Dorothy Edgington: Sorensen on Vagueness and ContradictionPart 2. Vagueness in Reality6. Stephen Schiffer: Vague Properties7. Nathan Salmon: Vagaries about Vagueness8. Stewart Shapiro: Vagueness, Metaphysics, and ObjectivityPart 3. Tolerance and Paradox9. Sven Rosenkranz: Agnosticism and Vagueness10. Jc Beall: Vague Intensions: A Modest Marriage Proposal11. Hartry Field: The Magic Moment: Horwich on the Boundary of Vague Terms12. Leon Horsten: Perceptual Indiscriminability and the Concept of a Color Shade13. Mario Gomez-Torrente: The Sorites, Linguistic Preconceptions, and the Dual Picture of Vaguenes14. Peter Pagin: Vagueness and Central GapsPart 4. Vagueness in Context15. Jonas Akerman and Patrick Greenough: Hold the Context Fixed - Vagueness Still Remains16. Andrea Iacona: Saying More (or Less) Than One Thing17. Max Kolbel: Vagueness as Semantic18. Dan Lopez De Sa: How to Respond to Borderline CasesII. The Logic of VaguenessPart 5. Supervaluationism19. Manuel Garcia-Carpintero: Supervaluationism and the Report of Vague Contents20. Rosanna Keefe: Supervaluationism, Indirect Speech Reports, and Demonstratives21. Delia Graff Fara: Scope Confusions and Unsatisfiable Disjuncts: Two Problems for SupervaluationismPart 6. Paraconsistent logics22. Dominic Hyde: The Prospects of a Paraconsistent Response to Vagueness23. Graham Priest: Non-Transitive IdentityPart 7. Many-Valued Logics24. Graeme Forbes: Identity and the Facts of the Matter25. John MacFarlane: Fuzzy Epistemicism26. Mark Richard: Indeterminacy and Truth-Value Gaps27. Peter Simons: Supernumeration: Vagueness and Numbers28. Nicholas J. J. Smith: Degree of Belief is Expected Truth ValuePart 8. Higher-Order Vagueness29. Cian Dorr: Iterating Definiteness30. Diana Raffman: Demoting Higher-Order Vagueness31. Crispin Wright: The Illusion of Higher-Order Vagueness