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Cuts and CloudsVagueness, its Nature, & its Logic$
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Richard Dietz and Sebastiano Moruzzi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.001.0001

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A Metasemantic Account of Vagueness

A Metasemantic Account of Vagueness

(p.23) 1 A Metasemantic Account of Vagueness
Cuts and Clouds

Agustín Rayo

Oxford University Press

This chapter defends a metasemantic account of vagueness, which is based on the following three theses: (1) The meaningfulness of our sentences depends on the prevalence of suitable linguistic conventions; (2) Whether or not a convention prevails in a given population need not be an all-or-nothing matter — it can come in degrees; (3) Whereas conventions about how to use sentences involving only attributions of vague predicates to clear cases are often prevalent to a very high degree, conventions about how to use sentences involving attributions of vague predicates to borderline cases are prevalent, if at all, to lesser degrees.

Keywords:   vagueness, convention, metasemantics, semantics, pragmatics

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