Introduction to the Logic of Definitions
by Barry Smith, Working at University at Buffalo on Jul 08, 2013
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We focus on definitions for common nouns such as 'human being' and 'leukocyte' ...
We focus on definitions for common nouns such as 'human being' and 'leukocyte'
A definition, for terms such as this, is a statement of necessary and sufficient conditions for an entity's falling under an instance of the type to which the term refers.
Such definitions should be of Aristotelian form, which means that they specify the genus, and state what it is about certain instances of this genus in virtue of which they are instances of the type (species) defined.
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