Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Definition: determination of the use of linguistic signs (words, symbols, connectives) for non-linguistic or linguistic objects. New definitions are not supposed to be creative, that is, they are to be derived from the use of the signs already employed. See also definability, conservativity, systems, theories, models, reference systems, context definition, explicit defnition, implicit definition.
 
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Lewis, David
 
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Definitions II 223
Let's suppose we are successful with a behaviorist operational definition. But nothing would be gained this way. For we would have to know what this means when we were to tell whether our definition was defining what it was meant to define. (> Definition). If we did not know what it means that L is used in P, so we would not know what kind of behavior on the part of members of P would be an indication that L is used in P.

LW I
D. Lewis
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989

LW II
D. Lewis
Konventionen Berlin 1975

LW IV
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983

LW V
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd II New York Oxford 1986

LwCl I
Cl. I. Lewis
Mind and the World Order: Outline of a Theory of Knowledge (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) 1991


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