Topics in Philosophy of Language: Vagueness

A pile of sand.

Pictured above is a pile of sand. One grain of sand doesn't constitute a pile, nor do two how many grains does it take to make a pile? The task of designing a theory of meaning for vague predicates like "pile" has proved to be surprisingly difficult. (Image courtesy of Ian Comley.)


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Fall 2005



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The objective of the graduate-level course is to give people a sense of what "accounting for vagueness" is all about, why it's hard, and why it's important. This will involve surveying some prominent accounts of vagueness.

Rayo, Agustín. 24.729 Topics in Philosophy of Language: Vagueness, Fall 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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