Review: Vagueness and Degrees of Truth [Book Review]
Graduate studies at Western
Australasian Journal of Logic 9:1-9 (2010)
|Abstract||Vagueness is one of the most persistent and challenging topics in the intersection of philosophy and logic. At least ﬁve other noteworthy books on vagueness have been written by philosophers since 1991 [2, 6, 11, 12, 15]. A (necessarily incomplete) bibliography that has been compiled for the Arché project Vagueness: its Nature and Logic (2004-2006) of the University of St Andrews lists more than 350 articles and books on vagueness until 2005.1 Many new and interesting contributions have appeared since. The book under review is much more than yet another addition to this proliﬁc discourse. Nicholas Smith manages to tackle two diﬀerent tasks that are potentially in tension. On the one hand, he provides a comprehensive, systematic and well written account of various approaches to vagueness that have been debated so far. On the other hand, Smith carefully explains and defends his own theory of vagueness, called fuzzy plurivaluationism. Given the complex and almost unsurmountably large amount of relevant literature and the fact that theories of vagueness based on fuzzy logic have almost universally been rejected by philosophers so far this is no simple feat. In the comments below, I will largely follow the structure of book. If along the way I cannot resist to make side remarks or even take issue with some of..|
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