Definitionism (also called the classical theory of concepts)[1] is the school of thought in which it is believed that a proper explanation of a theory consists of all the concepts used by that theory being well-defined.[2] This approach has been criticized for its dismissal of the importance of ostensive definitions.[3]


  1. Jack S. Crumley (2006). A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 150. ISBN 0-7425-4496-6.
  2. Mario Augusto Bunge (1973). Philosophy of physics. Boston: Springer Science & Business. p. 135. ISBN 90-277-0253-5.
  3. Elwood D. Heiss (2007). Modern Methods and Materials for Teaching Science. Read Books. p. 23. ISBN 1-4067-3830-1.
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