Defining Reality: Definitions and the Politics of Meaning

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SIU Press, 2003 - Definition (Philosophy) - 213 pages
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Reality is based on one's beliefs and one's facts of life.. (Expectations) & (Goals).One's good values. The way we use our own proper judgement about what's right or wrong in any given situation. What IS reality really? Whatever one percieves it to be.Understanding what is true and just. Accepting what is true and just. Even Albert Einstein said a long time ago and I quote. '' Reality is a mere illusion....but a very convincing one.'' Makes sence huh? Reality is hard to accept sometimes. If one doesn`t see reality, does it really exist to him? The probabilities are very scarce. By: Bruce Swartz 

Contents

Definitions Matter
3
Language and Definitions How We Make Sense of Reality
11
What Is X? Arguments about Definition
33
Moving Beyond Real Definitions The Case of Death
35
Definitions as Prescriptive and Theory Bound The Case of Rape
49
When Are Definitions Political? Always The Case of Wetlands
69
Reformulating the What Is X? Question The Case of Person visāvis the Abortion Debate
89
Naming and Describing as Entitlements
109
Description as Persuasive Entitlement The Mapplethorpe Obscenity Trial
113
Naming as Argument by Definition The Case of Nukespeak
130
Defining the Situation or Framing as Social Influence Public Personal and Technical
151
Conclusion Toward a Pragmatic Approach to Definition
167
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