Combinatorial set theory by Neil H. Williams

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A. Hart (London, 1977), 414. 59 S. Jacobs “Bentham, Science and the Construction of Jurisprudence” History of European Ideas 12 (1990): 585. 18 Gordon R. McOuat and Charissa S. Varma of synonymy was a not just a problem for jurisprudence. 60 For Jeremy, naturalists knew that in order for their objects of investigation to be understood and useful, they must be classified and specifically defined. 61 Although not the botanist George was, Jeremy was no stranger to natural history and natural history classification systems.

Rather than simply trying to reduce a fictitious entity to a real entity by a chain of synonyms, paraphrases begins with a proposition that contained the name of the fictitious entity and translates that proposition to an equivalent one that uses the names of only real entities. For Jeremy, if a fictitious entity can be replaced in a proposition by a real entity, without any loss of meaning, then the fictitious entity is meaningful. Take, for example, the application of paraphrases on the term “obligation”.

55 What George referred to as “distribution” is similar to what Jeremy referred to as “arrangement” in his critique of Blackstone. For Jeremy, the Benthamite expositor needed to do more than define entities properly: The function of the Expositor may be conceived to divide itself into two branches: that of history, and that of simple demonstration. 56 It is important to note that Jeremy did not borrow the term “demonstration” from logicians and mathematicians, but from naturalists. Jeremy explained his use of the word “demonstration” in the footnote to this passage: 54 George organised Whately’s five kinds of definition on a table on pg 95 of G.

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