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Acceptable Contradictions: Pragmatics or Semantics? A Reply to Cobreros et al.

Acceptable Contradictions: Pragmatics or Semantics? A Reply to Cobreros et al. 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Philosophical Logic Springer Journals
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