|September 7||Three-valued logic|
The main reading is Williamson, chapter 4.
Michael Tye, paper.
|September 14||Continuum-valued logic|
Kenton Machina's 'Truth, Belief and Vagueness' provides the background for the continuum-valued approach: it is here.
The main reading will be Williamson, chapter 5.
Kit Fine's 'Vagueness, Truth and Logic' is the canonical presentation of the view. (I've taken this off the website to make space: email me if you want a copy.)
|September 28||Supervaluationism and the problem of the many|
David Lewis, 'Many, but almost one' (up to p. 175)
Vann McGee and Brian McLaughlin, 'Lessons of the Many'.
Brian Weatherson, 'Many Many Problems'.
Background: Peter Unger, 'The Problem of the Many'
Williamson, chapters 7 and 8
|October 12||Other versions of epistemicism|
John Hawthorne, 'Epistemicism and Semantic Plasticity'
|October 19||Field on indeterminacy|
Hartry Field, 'No Fact of the Matter'
Two other, harder papers by Field that you might also want to look at: 'Indeterminacy, Degree of Belief and Excluded Middle', which dates from before Field's conversion away from classical logic; 'The Semantic Paradoxes and the Paradoxes of Vagueness: A Unified Solution', which gives a bit more detail on Field's strange conditional.
|October 16||Knowledge and the linguistic conception of vagueness|
Cian Dorr, 'Vagueness Without Ignorance'
David Lewis, 'Languages and Language' and excerpts from Convention and 'General Semantics'.
|November 12||More of the same.|
Michael Dummett, 'Wang's Paradox'
Williamson, chapter 6
Crispin Wright, 'Further Reflections on the Sorites Paradox'
Optional further reading: David Braun and Ted Sider, 'Vague, So Untrue'
|November 16||Contextualism about vagueness|
Delia Graff, 'Shifting Sands: an Interest-Relative Theory of Vagueness'
Jason Stanley, 'Context, Interest-Relativity and the Sorites'
Optional: Diana Raffman, 'Vagueness Without Paradox'
|November 23||Radical Contextualism and Semantic Minimalism The readings for this week (excerpts from Insensitive Semantics by Cappellen and Lepore and perhaps some other things) won't actually be about vagueness, but I want to look at them because they are relevant to issues raised in my paper.|
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