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Language, Thought and the Epistemic Theory of Vagueness

Jackson, Frank

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There are borderline cases of baldness, cases where we are in principle unable to say whether or not a subject is or is not bald. According to the epistemic theory of vagueness, when X is on the borderline, 'X is bald' either is true or is false, and X either definitely is or definitely is not bald, though we cannot determine which it is. There is, that is, such a thing as the correct verdict but we cannot tell which one it is. I argue that the role of language in communicating our thought...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/91935
Source: Language and Communication
DOI: 10.1016/S0271-5309(02)00007-1

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