What is definition? How should it be defined?
It is non-controversial that definitions play a central role in any belief system, for after all propositions make use of terms which often have definitions. Some propositions attempt to provide a definition of a term. Thus, it is important to have a coherent notion of definition, i.e. a definition of definition.
In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2018. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Definition (Barseghyan-2018) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term. Definition (Barseghyan-2018) states "A statement of the meaning of a term."
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||8 October 2018||The question became accepted as legitimate with the publication of Barseghyan's Redrafting the Ontology of Scientific Change.||Yes|
|Definition (Barseghyan-2018)||A statement of the meaning of a term.||2018|
|Community||Theory||Accepted From||Accepted Until|
|Scientonomy||Definition (Barseghyan-2018)||1 September 2019|
|Modification||Community||Date Suggested||Summary||Verdict||Verdict Rationale||Date Assessed|
|Sciento-2018-0007||Scientonomy||8 October 2018||Accept the definition of definition as a statement of the meaning of a term.||Accepted||The consensus on this modification emerged primarily off-line. It was agreed that whether or not "definitions can have a truth value" is irrelevant to this modification and that "the question of most relevance to scientonomy is whether definitions can be accepted or not accepted by an epistemic agent".c1 It was also noted that the consensus concerning this modification "has manifested on several occasions, including the first scientonomy conference in May 2019 in Toronto."c2||1 September 2019|
This somewhat simplistic definition of definition is meant to highlight that definitions are themselves theories (statements, propositions). As a result, any stance that can be taken by epistemic agents towards theories can also be taken towards definitions. Read More