Epistemicism and modality

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46 (4-5):803-835 (2016)
Juhani Yli-Vakkuri
University of Tartu
What kind of semantics should someone who accepts the epistemicist theory of vagueness defended in Timothy Williamson’s Vagueness (1994) give a definiteness operator? To impose some interesting constraints on acceptable answers to this question, I will assume that the object language also contains a metaphysical necessity operator and a metaphysical actuality operator. I will suggest that the answer is to be found by working within a three-dimensional model theory. I will provide sketches of two ways of extracting an epistemicist semantics from that model theory, one of which I will find to be more plausible than the other.
Keywords Vagueness  Modality  Epistemicism  Timothy Williamson  Indexicals  Formal semantics  Sorites paradox  Indeterminacy  Borderline cases  Possible worlds semantics
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DOI 10.1080/00455091.2016.1201878
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