Ideas of Jan-Erik Jones, by Theme

[American, fl. 2012, Professor at Southern Virginia University.]

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2. Reason / D. Definition / 4. Real Definition
'Nominal' definitions identify things, but fail to give their essence
     Full Idea: In the Aristotelian tradition, a 'nominal' definition is a pseudo-definition that identifies the members of the species or genus, but fails to capture the essence, e.g. 'man is the featherless biped'.
     From: Jan-Erik Jones (Real Essence [2012], 2)
     A reaction: You can 'individuate' an object as 'the only object in that drawer', while revealing nothing about it. So what must a definition do, in addition to picking something out uniquely?