Vagueness in Reality

Timothy Williamson

in The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284221
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Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Vagueness in Reality

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This article is not intended as a general introduction to the philosophy of vagueness, much of which falls within the philosophy of language and epistemology rather than metaphysics. Instead, the aim is to elucidate the metaphysical significance of some subtle issues in the logic of vagueness. A common proposal is to adjust logic to vagueness by smoothing out the classical dichotomy of truth and falsity into a continuum of degrees of truth. According to supervaluationism, a vague language admits a range of different classical assignments of referents to terms and truth-values to sentences.

Keywords: vagueness; metaphysics; logic of vagueness; truth and falsity; degrees of truth; supervaluationism

Article.  12627 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Language

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