Single Idea 13838

[catalogued under 2. Reason / D. Definition / 3. Types of Definition]

Full Idea

Today we expect that anything worth calling a definition should imply a semantics.

Gist of Idea

A decent modern definition should always imply a semantics


Ian Hacking (What is Logic? [1979], 10)

Book Reference

'A Philosophical Companion to First-Order Logic', ed/tr. Hughes,R.I.G. [Hackett 1993], p.239

A Reaction

He compares this with Gentzen 1935, who was attempting purely syntactic definitions of the logical connectives.