Single Idea 22285

[catalogued under 2. Reason / D. Definition / 8. Impredicative Definition]

Full Idea

The circularity in a definition where the property being defined is used in the definition is now known as 'impredicativity'. ...Some cases ('the tallest man in the room') are unproblematic, as they pick him out, and don't conjure him into existence.

Gist of Idea

Impredicative definitions are circular, but fine for picking out, rather than creating something


Michael Potter (The Rise of Analytic Philosophy 1879-1930 [2020], 07 'Impred')

Book Reference

Potter,Michael: 'The Rise of Anaytic Philosophy 1879-1930' [Routledge 2020], p.50

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