Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics Seminar

Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics Seminar
29 January 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Speaker: Alex Jackson (Boise State University)

Title: Vagueness, Relativism and Realism

Abstract: Some questions lack objectively correct answers because they are infected with relativity or vagueness. How are we to understand these phenomena? I start with naïve but attractive characterizations of relativism about deliciousness and of three ways that vagueness manifests. These naïve characterizations have something in common: they evaluate occurrent propositional attitudes along a particular normative dimension. What view emerges if we take these claims at face value? I argue that we arrive at quasi-realism about all subject-matters infected by a measure of relativity or vagueness. Moreover, the most principled view in the vicinity is quasi-realism about all but the metaphysically fundamental facts.

The Centre for Logic and Language hosts a regular seminar series - the Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics Forum (LEM). The forum generally meets fortnightly in term time.


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