Essence and definition by abstraction

@article{Hale2018EssenceAD,
  title={Essence and definition by abstraction},
  author={B. Hale},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2018},
  pages={1-17}
}
  • B. Hale
  • Published 2018
  • Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Synthese
We may define words or concepts, and we may also, as Aristotle and others have thought, define the things for which words stand and of which concepts are concepts. Definitions of words or concepts may be explicit or implicit, and may seek to report preexisting synonymies, as Quine put it, but they may instead be wholly or partly stipulative. Definition by abstraction, of which Hume’s principle is a much discussed example, seek to define a term-forming operator, such as the number operator, by… Expand
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