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Ideas of Roy Sorensen, by Text

[American, fl. 2002, Professor at Dartmouth College.]

2001 Vagueness and Contradiction
Intro p.1 Vague words have hidden boundaries
Intro p.4 The colour bands of the spectrum arise from our biology; they do not exist in the physics
Intro p.8 No attempt to deny bivalence has ever been accepted
1.4 p.38 Illusions are not a reason for skepticism, but a source of interesting scientific information
11.1 p.168 Banning self-reference would outlaw 'This very sentence is in English'
11.2 p.173 If nothing exists, no truthmakers could make 'Nothing exists' true
11.6 p.183 Which toothbrush is the truthmaker for 'buy one, get one free'?
3.2 p.61 God cannot experience unwanted pain, so God cannot understand human beings
4.3 p.74 We are unable to perceive a nose (on the back of a mask) as concave
4.3 p.75 Denying problems, or being romantically defeated by them, won't make them go away
6.1 p.96 Bayesians build near-certainty from lots of reasonably probable beliefs
6.3 p.99 It is propositional attitudes which can be a priori, not the propositions themselves
6.3 p.100 Attributing apriority to a proposition is attributing a cognitive ability to someone
6.3 p.100 I can buy any litre of water, but not every litre of water
6.4 p.101 Two long understandable sentences can have an unintelligible conjunction
7.2 p.112 An offer of 'free coffee or juice' could slowly shift from exclusive 'or' to inclusive 'or'
7.7 p.121 Propositions are what settle problems of ambiguity in sentences
8.1 p.125 The negation of a meaningful sentence must itself be meaningful
8.4 p.132 We now see that generalizations use variables rather than abstract entities
8.5 p.138 The paradox of analysis says that any conceptual analysis must be either trivial or false