Critical thinking - chapter 5 notes

Critical thinking - chapter 5 notes - CHAPTER 5 What is a...

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CHAPTER 5: What is a definition? “A definition is the meaning of a word [or phrase] as it is commonly intended or used by one’s linguistic community.” Note the process of conceptual analysis used to discover the essential definition of ‘apple pie.’ Definitions try to provide necessary and sufficient conditions. What does this mean? What is it for a definition to be too narrow? Use an example to illustrate. What is it for a definition to be too broad? Use an example to illustrate. What is a circular definition? What’s wrong with it? Why should the definiens use more basic concepts than the definiendum? What is the Use-Mention distinction, and why is it important to maintain? What is a Stipulative Definition? When is it appropriate and when is it inappropriate? How did the Defense Department, during the Bush Administration, commit the Redefinist Fallacy when it defined ‘torture’ the way it did?
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