On 20/01/2022, John Horty (Maryland) will present his paper 'Open Texture and Defeasible Semantic Constraint'. The seminar will be held online and start at 17:00.

Abstract

I will discuss some problems presented by open textured predicates for the semantics of natural language, as well as in legal theory.  I will then (i) sketch an account of constraint in common law, (ii) suggest that this account can be adapted to help us understand open textured predicates as well, (iii) talk a bit about the reasoning involved in reaching decisions that satisfy this account of constraint.