Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Recursion, theory of science, philosophy: recursion is a certain form in which rules are formulated, and which makes it possible to produce infinitely many possible cases from the application of a finite system of rules. See also inserting, embedding, infinity, systems, models, theories.

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Gareth Evans
EMD II 203
recursive definition / Evans: not only for logical constants, and attributive adjectives Example: "big": satisfaction conditions: for all (possibly complex) predicates f, a fulfilled "big-f" if and only if a is a big fulfiller of f - this is the conclusion of "big man" to "man" formally valid - II 209 problem: from "x is big" and "y is bigger than x " one can not deduce "Y is big"- because the meaning of "big" as part of "bigger" remains to be shown!, or the meaning theory would have to recognize "big" in "is bigger than".

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.

G. Evans/J. McDowell
Truth and Meaning Oxford 1977

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G. Evans
The Varieties of Reference (Clarendon Paperbacks) Oxford 1989

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