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Truth in Virtue of MeaningA Defence of the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction$
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Gillian Russell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232192

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232192.001.0001

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Definitions

Definitions

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(p.143) 5 Definitions
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Truth in Virtue of Meaning
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Gillian Russell (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232192.003.0006

Definitions have often thought to be crucial to the debate over the analytic/synthetic distinction. They have seemed to provide clear examples of synonymy which are well-entrenched in scientific and mathematical practice. This chapter re-examines the properties of definitions in the light of our rejection of the Language Myth. The resulting account allows us both to explain Quine's sometimes puzzling views on definition, and to defend the analytic/synthetic distinction against his doctrine of the transience of definition.

Keywords:   reference determiner, content, Quine, Language Myth, character, synonymy, transience of definition, notational abbreviation, semantic externalism, postulation

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