Gregory Browne Posted August 15, 2008 Share Posted August 15, 2008 This conclusion is fallacious, however. You may define concept to imply all the characteristics, known and yet-to-be-discovered, but a definition necessarily gives only a few essential characteristics.I agree with your conclusion DF, but I would suggest that it makes no sense to speak about defining concepts whatsoever. Concepts must be considered as some sort of neural process and as such are not subject to definitions. Definitions only apply to words.I agree with DF, too (with your terminlogical amendment, GS)--and Peikoff agrees with DF, too: a definition, to be useful, can only list a few characteristics. Unfortunately, the fact that it lists only a few has led many to assume that it does not imply many more. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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