Definitions and Definability: Philosophical Perspectives

Definitions and Definability: Philosophical Perspectives

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  • Hardback | 334 pages
  • 162.6 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 589.68g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1991 ed.
  • IX, 334 p.
  • 0792310462
  • 9780792310464

Table of contents

Aspects of the Theory of Definition.- I / Preliminary Considerations.- Real and Nominal Definitions.- Primitive Concepts: Habits, Conventions, and Laws.- II / Definitional Desiderata.- Vagueness and the Desiderata for Definition.- Definition in a Quinean World.- III / Formal Developments.- Definitions and Definability.- Towards a General Theory of Identifiability.- IV / Epistemic Dimensions.- Epistemic Terms and the Aims of Epistemology.- Rational Definitions and Defining Rationality.- V / Specialized Conceptions.- Idealized Definitions in Physics and Idealized Dispositions.- Inverted Definitions and Their Uses.- VI / Disciplinary Conceptions.- Definitions in Law.- Defining the Divine.- Philosophical Analyses: An Explanation and Defense.- Index of Names.- Index of Subjects.
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