It seems everybody has assignments coming out their ears at this time of year, but then it seems someone will always be complaining about assignments at some time! Since this is my blog, I feel free to whinge and whine, rant and rave!
So, I just want to tell you about the 7 hours I spent last night doing a 10% logic assignment. I was never paying it my full attention at the beggining, thinking I’d be done in a few hours. i must concede, since I have done no work in this class so far, I had to recap and do a little revision…. and then I actually got interested in one question in the assignment:
We where required to evaluate the following definition of the underlined word according to the logical rules of definition (to follow) and provide an alternative definition that does not break the rules of definition that the current definition does.
Let me know what you think – rules provided below with my alternative definition.
Rule 1: All definitions must have a genus and differentia.
Rule 2: A definition should be neither too broad nor too narrow
Rule 3: A definition should state the essential attributes of the concepts referents.
Rule 4: A definition should not be circular
Rule 6: A definition should not use vague, obscure or metaphorical language
Note: I found the original definition broke rules: 2 & 5, and arguably 6.