Epistemicism and modality

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Yli-Vakkuri, Juhani 2016. Epistemicism and modality. Canadian Journal of Philosophy. 46 (4-5), pp. 803 - 835. https://doi.org/10.1080/00455091.2016.1201878
AuthorsYli-Vakkuri, Juhani
Abstract

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.

Keywordsvagueness; modality; epistemicism; Timothy Williamson
Year2016
JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
Journal citation46 (4-5), pp. 803 - 835
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0045-5091
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00455091.2016.1201878
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84988504901
Page range803 - 835
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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