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This is an auction for NOT EXACTLY: IN PRAISE OF VAGUENESS by Kees Van Deemter. review:

“Hailed as "amusing, persuasive, conversational, and engaging" (Times Higher Education Supplement), this stimulating volume cuts across various disciplines--including artificial intelligence, logic, and computer science--to illuminate the nature and importance of vagueness. Indeed, our daily lives are full of vagueness or fuzziness. We say someone is "tall," for example, but when exactly do we become tall--Five eleven? Six foot? Six one? Kees Van Deemter shows why vagueness is both unavoidable and useful, and he demonstrates how tempting--and how wrong--it often is to think in terms of black and white, instead of the richly graded spectrum of the world around us. Vagueness, the author argues, allows us to focus on what matters, leaving out irrelevant details, and adding texture to what would otherwise be unintelligible facts. The embrace of vagueness, however, comes at a price, for when degrees of grey are accepted, concepts like truth, belief, and proof loose their power, and we are banished from that paradise in which truth and falsity are the only possibilities.”

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Hardback 2010.

341 pages.

Near new condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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