Unruly Words: A Study of Vague Language

2014.03.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Diana Raffman, Unruly Words: A Study of Vague Language, Oxford University Press, 2014, 215pp., $45.00 (hbk),
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2014.03.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Diana Raffman, Unruly Words: A Study of Vague Language, Oxford University Press, 2014, 215pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199915101.   Reviewed by Jonas Åkerman, Stockholm University After twenty years as one of the most prominent contributors to the philosophical debate on vagueness, Diana Raffman has finally published her first book on this topic. She has abandoned her earlier view that vagueness is to be analysed as a form of context-sensitivity,[1] and offers a new theory of vagueness, which aims to combine features that have previously been regarded as incompatible: a semantic (non-epistemic) analysis of vagueness and a classical logic and semantics for vague language.[2] In support of her view, Raffman puts forward not only sophisticated philosophical arguments, but also empirical results gathered from psychological studies of how ordinary speakers actually use vague words. All of this is. . .

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