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Richard Robinson


Definition has been practised and discussed for nearly two and a half millenniums. It has been more widely adopted, and less often reviled, than any other part of the original theory of logic drawn up by Aristotle. Today it is probably the best known idea in the field of logic, except for the idea of inference. The word ‘definition’ is more often used by the general public than any other peculiarly logical term except the word ‘logic’ itself. The purpose of this book, as a whole, is to clarify our conception of definition and to improve our defining activities. Topics covered include disagreem ... More

Keywords: word-thing definition, lexical definition, stipulative definition, real definition, mathematics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1963 Print ISBN-13: 9780198241607
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198241607.001.0001


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Richard Robinson, author