Vagueness and Degrees of Truth

Paperback | March 1, 2013

byNicholas J. J. Smith

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Nicholas J. J. Smith argues that an adequate account of vagueness must involve degrees of truth. The basic idea of degrees of truth is that while some sentences are true and some are false, others possess intermediate truth values: they are truer than the false sentences, but not as true asthe true ones. This idea is immediately appealing in the context of vagueness - yet it has fallen on hard times in the philosophical literature, with existing degree-theoretic treatments of vagueness facing apparently insuperable objections. Smith seeks to turn the tide in favour of a degree-theoretic treatment of vagueness, by motivating and defending the basic idea that truth can come in degrees. He argues that no theory of vagueness that does not countenance degrees of truth can be correct, and develops a new degree-theoretictreatment of vagueness - fuzzy plurivaluationism - that solves the problems plaguing earlier degree theories.

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Nicholas J. J. Smith argues that an adequate account of vagueness must involve degrees of truth. The basic idea of degrees of truth is that while some sentences are true and some are false, others possess intermediate truth values: they are truer than the false sentences, but not as true asthe true ones. This idea is immediately appeal...

Nicholas Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:March 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199674469

ISBN - 13:9780199674466

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1: Foundations1. Beginnings2. The Space of Possible Theories of VaguenessPart 2: Vagueness3. What is Vagueness?4. Accommodating VaguenessPart 3: Degrees of Truth5. Who's Afraid of Degrees of Truth?6. Worldly Vagueness and Semantic IndeterminacyConclusion

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