Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Vagueness can prove beneficial

'The 1970s saw an explosion of interest in vagueness, ' says an intriguing note on the dustjacket of one of my favourite reads (or attempted reads) of recent months. Vagueness: A Reader (MIT, £24.95) contains too much mathematics for my old-style two-cultures brain, but provides fascinating insights into the philosophy of logic and language. Different groups of vagueness theorists each have an interpretation of a key vagueness touchstone, the sorites paradox.

SUBSCRIBE NOW TO KEEP READING

Already paid? Activate your digital account now.

Sign up for guest access to read this story and one article per month.