Aspects of the Theory of Definition

  • James H. Fetzer
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 216)


The nature of meaning and the definition of terms has preoccupied philosophers at least since the time of Socrates. The centrality of language with respect to the construction of arguments and the centrality of arguments to the advancement of philosophy makes the nature of meaning and the character of definitions of special importance in relation to philosophy. Indeed, these issues are sufficiently central that a philosopher’s theory of definition comes close to qualifying as that philosopher’s conception of methodology in philosophy. There can be little doubt of its importance for philosophy today.


True Belief Logical Truth Reflective Equilibrium Syntactical Form Acceptable Definition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James H. Fetzer
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MinnesotaDuluthUSA

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