Vagueness and identity in David Lewis’ account: foundation for a relaxed epistemology?

Halder, Biplab Kumar (2014) Vagueness and identity in David Lewis’ account: foundation for a relaxed epistemology? Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The problem of vagueness and the problem of identity have received immense attention in the history of logic, philosophy of language, and semantics. David Lewis’ modal realism also includes these problems. Particularly, there are two claims in this thesis: firstly, a survey on Lewis’ epistemology shows that the nature of his epistemology is relaxed and secondly, his stance on the problem of vagueness and the problem of identity set the foundation for that relaxed epistemology, especially when he advocates the thesis of semantic indecision in the problem of vagueness, and partial identity and almost identity thesis in the problem of many. A study of Lewis’ ontology, epistemology, and semantics altogether in terms of the issues of identity and vagueness establishes both claims clearly.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/6360
Item ID: 6360
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 64-65).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Philosophy
Date: May 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Modality (Theory of knowledge); Lewis, David K. (David Kellogg), 1941-2001; Vagueness (Philosophy); Identity (Philosophical concept)

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