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Vagueness, Logic, and Interpretation

Christopher Hookway

in Truth, Rationality, and Pragmatism

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780199256587
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256586.003.0006
Vagueness, Logic, and Interpretation

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This discussion of Peirce's account of vagueness begins with a comparison of the attitudes towards vagueness of Frege, Peirce, and Wittgenstein. It explores Peirce's account of vagueness through an exploration of his account of assertion and his semiotic account of quantification in natural languages. The place of bivalence in his philosophy is discussed, as are his claims about the importance of vagueness for science and other kinds of cognition.

Keywords: assertion; bivalence; Frege; Peirce; quantification; science; vagueness; Wittgenstein

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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