- existing in, or caused by, nature
- the meaning or significance of some natural entity or phenomenon
- the meaning of words and sentences
- The non-negative whole numbers, zero and those numbers which can be reached by counting upwards from zero.
Occasionally used to mean the strictly positive whole numbers, excluding zero.
- Imitating nature closely.
- Phrase used by the philosopher G.E.Moore for the fallacy of supposing that the good is susceptible of definition.
- could not possibly be otherwise
- See also:
- logical necessity
A kind of mathematical object on which computations are performed.
A written expression (i.e. a bit of syntax) which denotes a number, as distinct from the number itself.
e.g. the numeral which denotes 45 is "45".
Analogous to the disquotional principle (concerning truth) we might put forward a disquotational principle for numerals:
that "'n' denotes n" for all numerals n.
created 1995/2/24 modified 1999/11/17