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Vagueness as Arbitrariness

Outline of a Theory of Vagueness

Authors: Salles, Sagid

  • Presents a clear formulation of the problem of vagueness
  • Proposes a definition of linguistic imprecision
  • Critically reviews the current theories of vagueness
  • Proposes a new theory of vagueness: the Theory of Vagueness as Arbitrariness
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This book proposes a new solution to the problem of vagueness. There are several different ways of addressing this problem and no clear agreement on which one is correct. The author proposes that it should be understood as the problem of explaining vague predicates in a way that systematizes six intuitions about the phenomenon and satisfies three criteria of adequacy for an ideal theory of vagueness.

The third criterion, which is called the “criterion of precisification”, is the most controversial one. It is based on the intuition that a predicate is vague only if it is imprecise. The author considers some different definitions of linguistic imprecision, proposing that a predicate is imprecise if and only if there is no sharp boundary between objects to which its application yields some particular truth-value and objects to which its application does not yield that truth-value.

The volume critically reviews the current theories of vagueness and proposes a new one, the Theory of Vagueness as Arbitrariness, which defines a vague predicate as an arbitrary predicate that must be precisified in order to contribute to a sentence that has truth-conditions. The main advantages of this theory over the current alternatives are that it satisfies all three criteria and systematizes the relevant intuitions.


About the authors

Sagid Salles holds a PhD in philosophy from the Graduate Program in Logic and Metaphysics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His main interests include philosophy of language and logic. His most recent research is on the nature of vague predicates.  


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vagueness as Arbitrariness
Book Subtitle
Outline of a Theory of Vagueness
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
436
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-66781-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-66781-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-66780-1
Series ISSN
0166-6991
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 240
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