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[catalogued under 2. Reason / D. Definition / 2. Aims of Definition]

Full Idea

Explicit definitions allow for a complete elimination of the defined notion (at least in extensional contexts).

Gist of Idea

An explicit definition enables the elimination of what is defined


Volker Halbach (Axiomatic Theories of Truth [2011], 1)

Book Reference

Halbach,Volker: 'Axiomatic Theories of Truth' [CUP 2011], p.3

A Reaction

If the context isn't extensional (concerning the things themselves) then we could define one description of it, but be unable to eliminate it under another description. Elimination is no the aim of an Aristotelian definition. Halbach refers to truth.