Vagueness and modality - An ecumenical approach

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Litland, Jon Erling and Yli-Vakkuri, Juhani 2016. Vagueness and modality - An ecumenical approach. Philosophical Perspectives. 30 (1), pp. 229 - 269. https://doi.org/10.1111/phpe.12088
AuthorsLitland, Jon Erling and Yli-Vakkuri, Juhani
Abstract

[Extract] How does vagueness interact with metaphysical modality and with restrictions of it, such as nomological modality? In particular, how do definiteness, necessity (understood as restricted in some way or not), and actuality interact? This paper proposes a model‐theoretic framework for investigating the logic and semantics of that interaction. The framework is put forward in an ecumenical spirit: it is intended to be applicable to all theories of vagueness that express vagueness using a definiteness (or: determinacy) operator. We will show how epistemicists, supervaluationists, and theorists of metaphysical vagueness like Barnes and Williams (2010) can interpret the framework.1 We will also present a complete axiomatization of the logic we recommend to both epistemicists and local supervaluationists.

Year2016
JournalPhilosophical Perspectives
Journal citation30 (1), pp. 229 - 269
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN1520-8583
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/phpe.12088
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85015292553
Page range229 - 269
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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