[SydPhil] Notification: Nick Smith @ Thu 12 Mar 2015 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Nick Smith
Consonance and Dissonance in Solutions to the Sorites

A requirement on any theory of vagueness is that it solve the sorites  
paradox.  It is generally agreed that there are two aspects to such a  
solution: one task is to locate the error in the sorites argument; the  
second task is to explain why the sorites reasoning is a paradox rather  
than a simple mistake.  I argue for a further constraint on approaches to  
the second task: they should conform to the standard modus operandi in  
formal semantics, in which the semantic theory one develops is taken to be  
implicit in the ordinary usage of competent speakers.  Thus it should not  
turn out that one's explanation of why ordinary speakers react to the  
sorites reasoning in the way they do depends on speakers *not* thinking  
that the semantics of vague language is governed by the theory one is  
advocating.  I then argue that, out of the current main contenders for a  
theory of vagueness, only theories that posit degrees of truth can meet  
this further constraint.
When: Thu 12 Mar 2015 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Main Quad
Calendar: Current Projects
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