Towards a General Theory of Identifiability

  • Jaakko Hintikka
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 216)


What is identifiability, anyway, and what does it have to do with definitions and definability? The basic intuitive idea is clear. A concept (say, a one-place predicate P) occurring in a theory T[P] is definable on the basis of this theory iff the theory determines the interpretation of P as soon as the interpretations of the other concepts occurring in T[P] are fixed. More explicit, this is what, the definability of P on the basis of T[P] means.


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  • Jaakko Hintikka
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBoston UniversityUSA

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