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Disagreements about Definition

Richard Robinson

in Definition

Published in print March 1963 | ISBN: 9780198241607
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680397 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198241607.003.0001
Disagreements about Definition

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This chapter calls to mind the obscurities that need clarifying. It collects and contrasts a few of the conflicting views that have arisen about definition in the course of man's long discussion of it. They make a somewhat bewildering set of ideas; but the survey of them shows what a need for clarification there is, and gives more point and value to the analytical work of the succeeding chapters. It begins with a discussion of the definition of ‘definition’. It then addresses the following questions: Should a definition be brief? Should definitions come at the beginning or at the end? Are there indefinables? Have definitions a truth-value? Should definitions be tautologies? What are the species of definition?

Keywords: definition; indefinables; truth-value; tautology

Chapter.  3914 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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