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  1. Analyzing Analysis.C. Anthony Anderson - 1993 - Philosophical Studies 72 (2-3):199 - 222.
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  2. Eliminating Definitions and Skolem Functions in First-Order Logic.Jeremy Avigad - manuscript
    From proofs in any classical first-order theory that proves the existence of at least two elements, one can eliminate definitions in polynomial time. From proofs in any classical first-order theory strong enough to code finite functions, including sequential theories, one can also eliminate Skolem functions in polynomial time.
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  3. The Problem of Definition in Islamic Logic: A Study of Abū Al-Najā Al-Farīd's Kasr Al-Mantiq in Comparison with Ibn Taimiyyah's Kitāb Al-Radd Alā Al-Manṭiqiyyīn.Zainal Abidin Baqir - 1998 - International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization.
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  4. Indeterminacy and Incomplete Definitions.David Barnett - 2008 - Journal of Philosophy 105 (4):167-191.
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  5. A Definition of Necessity.George Bealer - 2006 - Philosophical Perspectives 20 (1):17–39.
    In the history of philosophy, especially its recent history, a number of definitions of necessity have been ventured. Most people, however, find these definitions either circular or subject to counterexamples. I will show that, given a broadly Fregean conception of properties, necessity does indeed have a noncircular counterexample-free definition.
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  6. Remarks on Classical Analysis.George Bealer - 1983 - Journal of Philosophy 80 (11):711-712.
    Abstract of a paper to be presented in an APA symposium on Classical Analysis, December 30, 1983, commenting on a paper by Ernest Sosa.
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  7. A Definition of Philosophy.Lawrence C. Becker - 1977 - Metaphilosophy 8 (2-3):249-252.
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  8. On Rigorous Definitions.Nuel Belnap - 1993 - Philosophical Studies 72 (2-3):115 - 146.
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  9. Real Definitions: Quine and Aristotle.José A. Benardete - 1993 - Philosophical Studies 72 (2-3):265 - 282.
    Re-activating the philosophical quest for real definitions, I dare propose that its fulfillment is most convincingly represented, close to home, where one probably least expects it, notably in the first half of Section 36 of Word and Object, in the pages of Quine. Aristotle must inevitably remain our guide even as we insist on respecting Quine's anti-essentialism, and I must then explain how Aristotle, truncated, can be put here to use. Well, we may begin, appropriately, with a definition or with (...)
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  10. On Definitions.Ernest Charles Benecke - 1881 - Mind 6 (24):530-542.
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  11. Contextual Definitions in Nonextensional Languages.Gustav Bergmann - 1948 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 13 (3):140.
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  12. Definition, Presupposition, and Assertion.Max Black - 1952 - Philosophical Review 61 (4):532-550.
  13. Cluster-Concepts and Sufficiency Definitions.Steven E. Boër - 1974 - Philosophical Studies 26 (2):119 - 125.
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  14. Sur la Définition du Concept de Définition.M. Bombik - 1985 - Studia Philosophiae Christianae 21 (1):129-142.
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  15. On Philosophical Definitions.Myles Brand - 1975 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 36 (2):151-172.
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  16. What is a Definition?James Robert Brown - 1998 - Foundations of Science 3 (1):111-132.
    According to the standard view of definition, all defined terms are mere stipulations, based on a small set of primitive terms. After a brief review of the Hilbert-Frege debate, this paper goes on to challenge the standard view in a number of ways. Examples from graph theory, for example, suggest that some key definitions stem from the way graphs are presented diagramatically and do not fit the standard view. Lakatos's account is also discussed, since he provides further examples that suggest (...)
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  17. Concepts, Definitions, and Meaning.Tyler Burge - 1993 - Metaphilosophy 24 (4):309-25.
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  18. When is Circularity in Definitions Benign?J. A. Burgess - 2008 - Philosophical Quarterly 58 (231):214–233.
    I aim to show how and why some definitions can be benignly circular. According to Lloyd Humberstone, a definition that is analytically circular need not be inferentially circular and so might serve to illuminate the application-conditions for a concept. I begin by tidying up some problems with Humberstone's account. I then show that circular definitions of a kind commonly thought to be benign have inferentially circular truth-conditions and so are malign by Humberstone's test. But his test is too demanding. The (...)
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  19. Popper on Definitions.Wilhelm Büttemeyer - 2005 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 36 (1):15-28.
    In the present paper I shall first summarize Popper's criticism of the traditional method of definition, and then go on to comment critically on his own views on the form and function of so-called nominalist definitions.
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  20. Towards the Definition of Philosophy.Roger Caldwell - 2001 - Philosophy Now 32:46-47.
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  21. Analytic Inductive Definitions.Douglas Cenzer - 1974 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 39 (2):310-312.
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  22. Definition in Greek Philosophy.David Charles (ed.) - 2010 - Oxford University Press.
    Socrates' greatest philosophical contribution was to have initiated the search for definitions. In Definition in Greek Philosophy his views on definition are examined, together with those of his successors, including Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Galen, the Sceptics and Plotinus. Although definition was a major pre-occupation for many Greek philosophers, it has rarely been treated as a separate topic in its own right in recent years. This volume, which contains fourteen new essays by leading scholars, aims to reawaken interest in a (...)
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  23. Should Natural-Language Definitions Be Insulated From, or Interactive with, One Another in Sentence Composition?L. Jonathan Cohen - 1993 - Philosophical Studies 72 (2-3):177 - 197.
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  24. Note on Analyticity and the Definability of "Bachelor".David Cole - manuscript
    Those who have a brief against the analytic-synthetic distinction raise problems for what seem to supporters of the distinction to be some of the clearest cases. That bachelors are unmarried seems to many to be analytically true. But to hold this seems to imply that there is a definition of "bachelor" that includes being unmarried. But critics of the analytic-synthetic distinction, such as Jerry Fodor, deny that there are true definitions (reportive, not stipulative). So there can be no definition of (...)
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  25. Definitions and `Clusters'.David E. Cooper - 1972 - Mind 81 (324):495-503.
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  26. Definition.Irving M. Copi & Keith Burgess-Jackson - forthcoming - Informal Logic.
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  27. The Structure of Lexical Concepts.Ken Daley - 2010 - Philosophical Studies 150 (3):349 - 372.
    Jerry Fodor (Concepts: Where cognitive science went wrong. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998) famously argued that lexical concepts are unstructured. After examining the advantages and disadvantages of both the classical approach to concepts and Fodor's conceptual atomism, I argue that some lexical concepts are, in fact, structured. Roughly stated, I argue that structured lexical concepts bear a necessary biconditional entailment relation to their structural constituents. I develop this account of the structure of lexical concepts within the framework of Pavel (...)
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  28. The Truth and Falsity of Definitions.Rem B. Edwards - 1966 - Philosophy of Science 33 (1/2):76-79.
  29. Analyticity and Implicit Definition.Kathrin Glüer - 2003 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 66 (1):37-60.
    Paul Boghossian advocates a version of the analytic theory of a priori knowledge. His defense of an "epistemic" notion of analyticity is based on an implicit definition account ofthe meaning of the logical constants. Boghossian underestimates the power of the classical Quinean criticisms, however; the challenge to substantiate the distinction between empirical and non-empirical sentences, as forcefully presented in Two Dogmas, still stands, and the regress from Truth by Convention still needs to be avoided. Here, Quine also showed that there (...)
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  30. A Definition of Meaning.John Goldthwait - 1962 - World Futures 1 (1):84-94.
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  31. Definition: Logico-Methodological Problems.D. P. Gorskiĭ - 1981 - Progress.
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  32. Definitions.Anil Gupta - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  33. Still Not ‘Good’ in Terms of ‘Better’.Johan E. Gustafsson - 2016 - Noûs 50 (4):854-864.
    Erik Carlson puts forward a new way of defining monadic value predicates, such as ‘good’, in terms of dyadic value relations, such as ‘better’. Earlier definitions of this kind have the unwanted feature that they rule out some reasonable axiologies by conceptual fiat. Carlson claims that his definitions do not have this drawback. In this paper, I argue that they do.
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  34. Neither 'Good' in Terms of 'Better' nor 'Better' in Terms of 'Good'.Johan E. Gustafsson - 2013 - Noûs 48 (1):466–473.
    In this paper, I argue against defining either of ‘good’ and ‘better’ in terms of the other. According to definitions of ‘good’ in terms of ‘better’, something is good if and only if it is better than some indifference point. Against this approach, I argue that the indifference point cannot be defined in terms of ‘better’ without ruling out some reasonable axiologies. Against defining ‘better’ in terms of ‘good’, I argue that this approach either cannot allow for the incorruptibility of (...)
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  35. Are Lexical Definitions True?Donald F. Henze - 1959 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 20 (3):383-388.
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  36. Devious Stipulations.John Horden - forthcoming - Oxford Studies in Metaphysics.
    Recent attempts to answer ontological questions through conceptual analysis have been controversial. Still, it seems reasonable to assume that if the existence of certain things analytically follows from sentences we already accept, then there is no further ontological commitment involved in affirming the existence of those things. More generally, it is plausible that whenever a sentence analytically entails another, the conjunction of those sentences requires nothing more of the world for its truth than the former sentence alone. In his ‘Analyticity (...)
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  37. Definitions: Implications for Syntax, Semantics, and the Language of Thought, by Annabel Cormack.Richard Horsey - 2001 - Mind and Language 16 (3):345–349.
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  38. Frege on the Psychological Significance of Definitions.John F. Horty - 1993 - Philosophical Studies 72 (2-3):223 - 263.
  39. Frege on Definitions: A Case Study of Semantic Content.John Francis Horty - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
    The book begins by focusing on the psychological constraints governing Frege's notion of sense, or meaning, and argues that, given these constraints, even the ...
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  40. Die Logische Struktur der Operationalen Definitionen.Andreas Kamlah - 2006 - Philosophia Naturalis 43 (2):195-213.
    Operational definitions were once considered the backbone of semantics of natural science. Still in 1955 A. W. Burks published an explication of the general scheme of these definitions. In the fifties of the last century however they became outmoded, while high school teachers for presumably good reasons were still in favour of them. I consider the banishment of this kind of definitions premature, and try to improve the explication of Burks in a way which qualifies them for a rehabilitation. In (...)
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  41. The Sortal Resemblance Problem.Joongol Kim - 2014 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 44 (3-4):407-424.
    Is it possible to characterize the sortal essence of Fs for a sortal concept F solely in terms of a criterion of identity C for F? That is, can the question ‘What sort of thing are Fs?’ be answered by saying that Fs are essentially those things whose identity can be assessed in terms of C? This paper presents a case study supporting a negative answer to these questions by critically examining the neo-Fregean suggestion that cardinal numbers can be fully (...)
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  42. A Strengthening of the Caesar Problem.Joongol Kim - 2011 - Erkenntnis 75 (1):123-136.
    The neo-Fregeans have argued that definition by abstraction allows us to introduce abstract concepts such as direction and number in terms of equivalence relations such as parallelism between lines and one-one correspondence between concepts. This paper argues that definition by abstraction suffers from the fact that an equivalence relation may not be sufficient to determine a unique concept. Frege’s original verdict against definition by abstraction is thus reinstated.
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  43. The Contingent a Priori and the Publicity of a Priori Knowledge.Daniel Z. Korman - 2010 - Philosophical Studies 149 (3):387 - 393.
    Kripke maintains that one who stipulatively introduces the term ' one meter' as a rigid designator for the length of a certain stick s at time t is in a position to know a priori that if s exists at t then the length of s at t is one meter. Some (e.g., Soames 2003) have objected to this alleged instance of the contingent a priori on the grounds that the stipulator's knowledge would have to be based in part on (...)
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  44. On Ostensive Definitions.Janina Kotarbinska - 1960 - Philosophy of Science 27 (1):1-22.
    The first part deals with the problem of the external form of ostensive definition. It is concluded that the definition statement is not complete. The proper form of this statement is not a sentence, but a sentential function, namely a sentential function of the type: ``Π x [N(x)=x is in the respect R and in the degree D such as A, B... and not such as K, L...]" where "N" stands for the term being defined. Thus the ostensive definition informs (...)
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  45. On Definitions.Hugues Leblanc - 1950 - Philosophy of Science 17 (4):302-309.
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  46. Paradox by (Non-Wellfounded) Definition.Hannes Leitgeb - 2005 - Analysis 65 (288):275–278.
  47. On Implicational Definitions.Czesław Lejewski - 1958 - Studia Logica 8 (1):189 - 211.
  48. Clarifying Ostensible Definition by the Logical Possibility of Inverted Spectrum.C. Lu - 1989 - Modern Philosophy 2.
    How "red", "green" were defined? Through analyzing how two children with congenitally inverted color sensations corresponding to red flags and green grass accept their grand mothers’ teaching about colors, the paper get opposite conclusions against logical empiricism. The “red” and “green” and other names of properties of objects were defined by objective physical properties (or together with behavior, such as in defining “beauty”), instead our sensations. So language directly points to things in themselves passing through sensations and presentative world. It (...)
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  49. Double Vision: Two Questions About the Neo-Fregean Program.John MacFarlane - 2009 - Synthese 170 (3):443-456.
    Much of The Reason’s Proper Study is devoted to defending the claim that simply by stipulating an abstraction principle for the “number-of” functor, we can simultaneously fix a meaning for this functor and acquire epistemic entitlement to the stipulated principle. In this paper, I argue that the semantic and epistemological principles Hale and Wright offer in defense of this claim may be too strong for their purposes. For if these principles are correct, it is hard to see why they do (...)
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  50. La concezione epistemica dell'analiticità.Alessia Marabini - 2014 - Aracne editrice.
    La rinascita negli ultimi decenni di un nutrito dibattito intorno alla nozione di analiticità dopo le critiche a suo tempo mosse da Quine alla batteria di nozioni utilizzate da Rudolf Carnap (ad esempio, postulati di significato, regole semantiche, definizioni implicite, convenzioni e stipulazioni esplicite) prende le mosse da una riflessione critica sulle argomentazioni di Quine e tenta, da un lato, di approfondire meglio il legame fra analiticità e conoscenza a priori, e, dall’altro, di capire meglio il ruolo che la definizione (...)
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