A simple logic for comparisons and vagueness

Synthese 123 (2):263-278 (2000)
Abstract
I provide an intuitive, semantic account of a new logic for comparisons , in which atomic statements are assigned both a classical truth-value and a "how much" value or extension in the range [0, 1]. The truth-value of each comparison is determined by the extensions of its component sentences; the truth-value of each atomic depends on whether its extension matches a separate standard for its predicate; everything else is computed classically. CL is less radical than Casari's comparative logics, in that it does not allow for the formation of comparative statements out of truth-functional molecules. I argue that CL provides a better analysis of comparisons and predicate vagueness than classical logic, fuzzy logic or supervaluation theory. CL provides a model for descriptions of the world in terms of comparisons only. The sorites paradox can be solved by the elimination of atomic sentences
Keywords Philosophy   Philosophy   Epistemology   Logic   Metaphysics   Philosophy of Language
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