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Description - Vagueness by Rosanna Keefe

Vagueness is currently the subject of vigorous debate in the philosophy of logic and language. Vague terms -- such as 'tall', 'red', 'bald', and 'tadpole' -- have borderline cases (arguably, someone may be neither tall nor not tall); and they lack well-defined extensions (there is no sharp boundary between tall people and the rest). The phenomenon of vagueness poses a fundamental challenge to classical logic and semantics, which assumes that propositions are either true or false and that extensions are determinate. This anthology collects for the first time the most important papers in the field. After a substantial introduction that surveys the field, the essays form four groups, starting with some historically notable pieces. The 1970s saw an explosion of interest in vagueness, and the second group of essays reprints classic papers from this period. The following group of papers represent the best recent work on the logic and semantics of vagueness. The essays in the final group are contributions to the continuing debate about vague objects and vague identity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262611459
ISBN-10: 0262611457
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 150mm x 19mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rosanna Keefe

Rosanna Keefe is a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge University Peter Smith is a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

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