Necessary and Sufficient Conditions

[Revised entry by Andrew Brennan on May 18, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] A handy tool in the search for precise definitions is the specification of necessary and/or sufficient
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[Revised entry by Andrew Brennan on May 18, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] A handy tool in the search for precise definitions is the specification of necessary and/or sufficient conditions for the application of a term, the use of a concept, or the occurrence of some phenomenon or event. For example, without water and oxygen, there would be no human life; hence these things are necessary conditions for the existence of human beings. Cockneys, according to the traditional definition, are all and only those born within the sound...

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