By Dominic Hyde

the subject of vagueness re-emerged within the 20th century from relative obscurity. It bargains with the phenomenon in ordinary language that manifests itself in obvious semantic indeterminacy - the indeterminacy, for instance, that arises whilst requested to attract the road among the tall and non-tall, or the inebriated and the sober. An linked paradox emphasises the tough nature of the phenomenon, providing essentially the most resilient paradoxes of common sense. the plain risk posed for orthodox theories of the semantics and good judgment of common language has turn into the focal point of severe philosophical scrutiny among philosophers and non-philosophers alike. Vagueness, common sense and Ontology explores a number of responses to the philosophical difficulties generated by means of vagueness and its linked paradox - the sorites paradox. Hyde argues that the theoretical house during which vagueness is usually ontologically grounded and modelled by way of a truth-functional common sense provides a coherent reaction to the issues posed by means of vagueness. exhibiting how the concept that of vagueness may be utilized to the realm, Hyde's ontological account proposes a considerable revision of orthodox semantics, metaphysics and common sense. This ebook may be of specific curiosity to readers in philosophy, linguistics, cognitive technology and geographic info systems.

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