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Re: [lojban] Re: [jboske] RE: Anything but tautologies




la pycyn cusku di'e


Definitions are, by definition, of words.

Are functions words? Or are functions not really defined, only their names?

To be sure, there are exemplary
definitions that talk about the things, but that is only a convenience (or a
mistake, depedning on how generous you are). But you can't define a thing.

Can we define a function?


What we normally mean by defining a function does not necessarily
involve giving it a name. For example, we can define a function by
saying that it maps each natural number n to the natural number n+1.
There, it's defined. Now we can give it a name if we want to, but
there is no need to. It seems odd that in Lojban we can only talk
of functions with names, never of nameless functions! Well, we can
do {zi'o fancu} I suppose...

mu'o mi'e xorxes




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