Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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Definition/Fodor/Lepore: the object can define the property: to be the best fit - E.g. criminal: one who trespasses on the law: i.e. a trespasser and not a stone, for example - ((s) synthetic) - Fodor/Lepore the condition is the defining characteristic - from it follows nothing more than that this object fits best - from the fact that several conditions are met it does not follow that the concept is somehow holistic.

J. Fodor/E. Lepore
Holism Cambridge USA Oxford UK 1992

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-24