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Single Idea 9331

[catalogued under 2. Reason / D. Definition / 13. Against Definition]

Full Idea

How are we to determine which of the sentences containing a term comprise its definition?

Gist of Idea

How do we determine which of the sentences containing a term comprise its definition?

Source

Paul Horwich (Stipulation, Meaning and Apriority [2000], 2)

Book Reference

'New Essays on the A Priori', ed/tr. Boghossian,P /Peacocke,C [OUP 2000], p.151


A Reaction

Nice question. If I say 'philosophy is the love of wisdom' and 'philosophy bores me', why should one be part of its definition and the other not? What if I stipulated that the second one is part of my definition, and the first one isn't?