24.729 Topics in Philosophy of Language: Vagueness

Fall 2005

A pile of sand.
Pictured above is a pile of sand. One grain of sand doesn't constitute a pile, nor do two grains...so how many grains does it take to make a pile? The task of designing a theory of meaning for vague predicates like "pile" has proved to be surprisingly difficult. (Image courtesy of Ian Comley.)

Course Highlights

This course features the list of readings as well as sample student work in assignments.

Course Description

The objective of the graduate-level course is to give people a sense of what "accounting for vagueness" is all about, why it's hard, and why it's important. This will involve surveying some prominent accounts of vagueness.
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Prof. Agustin Rayo

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session