10 Definitions Chapter 2

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Definitions, Chapter 2 Please read chapter 2 and answer the following questions: Chapter 2: Definitions (pages 71- 81) 1. What does it mean that definitions are arbitrary? (Use your dictionary to define ARBITRARY first). 2. What is the difference between these two words: descriptive and prescriptive (Use your dictionary to define them)? 3. How does the example about hockey illustrate that definitions are prescriptive? 4. What does it mean that definitions (in dictionaries, encyclopaedias, or reference works) are subjective? What makes definitions subjective? 5. What was the definition of homosexuality, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association, for most of the 20th century? What was the reaction of the gay community to this definition? Is the definition of homosexuality still the same (if not, when was it changed)? 6. What does the author mean by “As different definitions compete for currency and legitimacy, the ones
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Unformatted text preview: backed with power, in³uence, and resources tend to win out. And power doesn’t always act with truth or jusTce.” (page 74). 7. What are the strategies to cope with problemaTc deFniTons (9)? 8. OpTonal: Read the Frst case study (Pornography) to understand the subjecTvity of deFniTons. 9. Case Study: NaTves. What consTtutes an “authenTc” NaTve Person (a person is recognized with “status Indian”)? Why does the Canadian government need to deFne this status so precisely? Why is the deFniTon problemaTc? 10. Give YOUR own deFniTons of: human life (when does it start?), marriage (what consTtutes marriage?), cheaTng between spouses (what consTtutes cheaTng?), and family. Compare your deFniTons to the deFniTons your dicTonary/encyclopedia presents....
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  • Fall '13
  • Extensional definition, Philosophical logic, American Psychiatric Association

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