What is a definition
This is also from our g-group: <Alex:I hope Jon Awbrey will change this text as he needs.> "RM: What is your view of definitions?
[Jon_Awbrey]A recurring question, always worth some thought, so I added my earlier comment to a long-running series on my blog concerned with Definition and Determination.
Definition and Determination : 15 https://inquiryintoinquiry.com/2018/04/21/definition-and-determination-15/
Those two concepts are closely related, almost synonyms in their etymologies, both of them having to do with setting bounds on variation. And that brings to mind, a cybernetic mind at least, the overarching concept of “constraint”, which figures heavily in information theory, systems theory, and engineering applications of both.
As it happens, I have been working for as long as I can remember on a project that eventually came to fly under the banner of “Inquiry Driven Systems” and in the early 90s I returned to grad school in a systems engineering program as a way of focusing more resolutely on the systems aspects of that project.
Here's a budget of excerpts on Definition and Determination I collected around that time, mostly from C.S. Peirce, since his pragmatic paradigm for thinking about information, inquiry, logic, and signs forms the platform for my efforts, plus a few bits from sources before and after him.
Collection Of Source Materials on Definition and Determination http://intersci.ss.uci.edu/wiki/index.php/User:Jon_Awbrey/EXCERPTS "