Idle Talk 14 03 13 Waking up in vagueness

This week we force ourselves to think before we speak as we delve into the philosophy of language and examine the problem of vagueness.

An example of a phrase that is vague in the philosophical sense could be “If you cut one head off of a two headed man, have you decapitated him?” It is vague because it involves borderline cases. We examine why  vagueness is a genuine practical problem. Just in case philosophy of language isn’t  complex enough we also decided to throw in some paradoxes. We examine vagueness in greater depth by discussing the sorites paradox with Joshua Matthews, philosophy undergraduate and president of the philosophy Society at the University of Reading.

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References

Stanford Encyclopaedia of philosophy: Vaguness http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/vagueness/ 

Foetal Personhood, Vagueness and Abortion by Justin P. McBrayer University of Missouri-Columbia

 

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