24.729 Topics in Philosophy of Language: Vagueness

As taught in: 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.)




Prof. Agustín Rayo

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.