I have a draft of a paper on gradable adjectives — currently entitled “Gradable Adjectives: A Defense of Pluralism” — on line here (pdf). It’s largely an attack on what I call the “‘for an F’ myth” (or “Implicit Reference Class Theory”), advocating instead a “pluralist” account of the semantics of GAs, with some remarks about how this all may affect the debate regarding epistemic contextualism. Comments are welcome.
Kent Bach, who was kind enough to send me some comments on my paper, also recommended to me a new paper by Chris Kennedy: “Vagueness and Grammar: The Semantics of Relative and Absolute Gradable Adjectives.” Kennedy is still revising the paper, but a draft is available on-line here. I haven’t yet read Kennedy’s paper myself, but the title of his section 2.4. — “Eliminating comparison classes” — makes it sound as if he may be pushing here in at least roughly the same direction I am — though “eliminating” at least sounds more radical than I’m proposing. (But maybe that’s just eliminating c-classes from some exaggerated role they’re often assigned.)