By (author) Timothy Williamson
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Vagueness by Timothy Williamson
Book DescriptionIf you keep removing single grains of sand from a heap, when is it no longer a heap? From discussions of the heap paradox in classical Greece, to modern formal approaches like fuzzy logic, Timothy Williamson traces the history of the problem of vagueness. He argues that standard logic and formal semantics apply even to vague languages and defends the controversial, realist view that vagueness is a form of ignorance - there really is a grain of sand whose removal turns a heap into a non-heap, but we can never know exactly which one it is.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415139809
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Timothy Williamson
Tetralogue, Paperback (January 2017)
Four people with radically different views meet on a train and talk about what they believe. Each starts off convinced that he or she is right; then doubts creep in. Timothy Williamson uses a fictional conversation to explore the philosophical debate over whether one point of view can be right and the other wrong. He invites the reader to decide.
Modal Logic as Metaphysics, Paperback (February 2015)View all books by Timothy Williamson
Timothy Williamson gives an original and provocative treatment of deep metaphysical questions about existence, contingency, and change, using the latest resources of quantified modal logic. Contrary to the widespread assumption that logic and metaphysics are disjoint, he argues that modal logic provides a structural core for metaphysics.
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