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Single Idea 11215

[catalogued under 2. Reason / D. Definition / 1. Definitions]

Full Idea

Notable examples of definitions in philosophy have been Plato's (e.g. of piety, in 'Euthyphro'), Anselm's definition of God, the Frege-Russell definition of number, and Tarski's definition of truth.

Gist of Idea

Notable definitions have been of piety (Plato), God (Anselm), number (Frege), and truth (Tarski)


Anil Gupta (Definitions [2008], Intro)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.1

A Reaction

All of these are notable for the extensive metaphysical conclusions which then flow from what seems like a fairly neutral definition. We would expect that if we were defining essences, but not if we were just defining word usage.