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Vagueness in Context

Stewart Shapiro


This book develops both a philosophical and a formal, model-theoretic account of the meaning, function, and logic of vague terms in an idealized version of a natural language like English. Extensions of vague terms vary with such contextual factors as the comparison class and paradigm cases: a person can be tall with respect to male accountants and not tall (even short) with respect to professional basketball players. The main feature of the author's account is that the extensions (and anti-extensions) of vague terms also vary in the course of a conversation, even after the external contextual ... More

Keywords: vague terms, language, philosophical account, model theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280391
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stewart Shapiro, author
Ohio State University and University of St Andrews
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