Psychology Dictionary 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.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Stephen Schiffer on Definitions - Dictionary of Arguments

I 101
Functional definition/Schiffer: when the true-of-relation is a functional relation, it is "defined" in this way, and, indeed in tandem with the reference relation of names to objects.
True-of: Satisfaction.
>Satisfaction, >Truth, >Reference, >Names, >Objects.
But this is no identity relative to a given functional relation and does not analyze the meaning.
>Meaning, >Identity.
I 159
Definition/Schiffer: does not work with open sentences.
>Open sentence.
I 213
Definition/Schiffer: is about equality of meaning, not meaning. - This holds also for the lexicon.
Synonymy, >Lexicon.
It has more to do with mention than with use.
>Mention, >Use.
Understanding: more with use than with mention.
Problem: E.g. meaning equality does not help in case of e.g. "of" means ... e.g. "dog" means ... e.g. "she gave it to him" means....
>Index words, >Indexicality, >Anaphora.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Schi I
St. Schiffer
Remnants of Meaning Cambridge 1987

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