Definitions

[Revised entry by Anil Gupta on April 20, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Definitions have interested philosophers since ancient times. Plato's early dialogues portray
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[Revised entry by Anil Gupta on April 20, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Definitions have interested philosophers since ancient times. Plato's early dialogues portray Socrates raising questions about definitions (e.g., in the Euthyphro, "What is piety?") - questions that seem at once profound and elusive. The key step in Anselm's "Ontological Proof" for the existence of God is the definition of "God," and the same holds of Descartes's version of the argument in his...

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