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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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I 191
Definition/Weizenbaum: Operational definitions of the concepts of a theory form the basis for the planning of experiments and the discovery of general laws. However, these laws can then serve as implicit definitions of the terms that appear in them.
(This entry occurs twice: also still in computer model/Weizenbaum)
I 192
Theories/Definitions/Abraham Kaplan: Problem: it is not possible to define the content of an individual concept within a sufficiently substantial theory without simultaneously making a statement about the truth of the whole theory (Abraham Kaplan, The Conduct of Inquiry, San Francisco, 1964, p. 57).
Computer model/Weizenbaum: this fact is of great importance for the assessment of computer models of complex phenomena.

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.

Weizenbaum I
Joseph Weizenbaum
Computer Power and Human Reason. From Judgment to Calculation, W. H. Freeman & Comp. 1976
German Edition:
Die Macht der Computer und die Ohnmacht der Vernunft Frankfurt/M. 1978

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