Saturday, April 24, 2010

Definition and Self-Exemplification

The definition of Definition applies to every other definition. Hence, Definition can be described as 'self-exemplifying'. An approximately related term, associated with Platonism, 'self-predicating', seems less appropriate, because unlike the bearers of self-predication in Platonism, i. e. the Forms, Definition is not a reified attribute. Nor does 'self-referential' seem adequate, because the self-relation entailed is not an expression pointing to itself, as in 'This sentence is false', but an expression applying to itself, as well as to all other expressions. Hence, 'self-exemplification' seems the most suitable characterization.

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