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Vagueness and Thought

Andrew Bacon


According to orthodoxy the study of vagueness belongs to the domain of the philosophy of language. On that view, to solve the paradoxes of vagueness we need to investigate the nature of words like ‘heap’ and ‘bald’. This book criticizes linguistic explanations of the state of ignorance we find ourselves in when confronted with borderline cases and develops, within the framework of classical logic, a theory of propositional vagueness in its stead. The view places the study of vagueness squarely in epistemological terms, situating it within a theory of rational propositional attitudes. Once one ... More

Keywords: vagueness, philosophy of language, epistemology of vagueness, vagueness and its role in thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712060
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198712060.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Bacon, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California