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[catalogued under 2. Reason / D. Definition / 2. Aims of Definition]

Full Idea

Precision is but one virtue of a definition, one that must be balanced against simplicity, elegance, conciseness, theoretical illumination, and practical usefulness.

Gist of Idea

Precision is only one of the virtues of a good definition


Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski (Virtues of the Mind [1996], III 2.1)

Book Reference

Zagzebski,Linda: 'Virtues of the Mind' [CUP 1996], p.266

A Reaction

Illumination looks like the dream virtue for a good definition. Otherwise it is just ticked as accurate and stowed away. 'True justified belief' is a very illuminating definition of knowledge - if it is right. But it's not very precise.