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Single Idea 22201

[catalogued under 2. Reason / D. Definition / 13. Against Definition]

Full Idea

Definition cannot take the same form in philosophy as it does in mathematics; the imitation of mathematical procedure is invariably in this respect not only unfruitful, but perverse and most harmful in its consequences.

Gist of Idea

The use of mathematical-style definitions in philosophy is fruitless and harmful


Edmund Husserl (Ideas: intro to pure phenomenology [1913], Intro)

Book Reference

Husserl,Edmund: 'Ideas: general introduction to pure phenomenology', ed/tr. Boyce Gibson,W [Routledge 2012], p.6

A Reaction

A hundred years of analytic philosophy has entirely ignored this warning. My heart has always sunk when I read '=def...' in a philosophy article (which is usually American). The illusion of rigour.