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Acceptable Contradictions: Pragmatics or Semantics? A Reply to Cobreros et al.
MIT, Dept Linguist & Philosophy, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissensch, D-10117 Berlin, Germany.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Philosophical Logic, ISSN 0022-3611, E-ISSN 1573-0433, Vol. 42, no 4, 619-634 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Naive speakers find some logical contradictions acceptable, specifically borderline contradictions involving vague predicates such as Joe is and isn't tall. In a recent paper, Cobreros et al. (J Philos Logic, 2012) suggest a pragmatic account of the acceptability of borderline contradictions. We show, however, that the pragmatic account predicts the wrong truth conditions for some examples with disjunction. As a remedy, we propose a semantic analysis instead. The analysis is close to a variant of fuzzy logic, but conjunction and disjunction are interpreted as intensional operators.

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2013. Vol. 42, no 4, 619-634 p.
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Contradiction, Vagueness, Fuzzy logic, Pragmatics, Natural language, Conjunction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-92913DOI: 10.1007/s10992-012-9241-7ISI: 000322184200003OAI: diva2:644357


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