Re: Circular Crackpot Identity

Prof. Gomes (
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 18:17:05

At 22:33 15/03/98 -0700, you wrote:
>> >Ian Goddard wrote:
>> >> As I've shown many times, the definition of identity
>> >> "A=A" is the crackpot fallacy of Circular Definition:
>> Anton Sherwood ( wrote:
>> >I don't see the word "identity" in the phrase "A=A", do you?
>Ian Goddard wrote:
>> IAN: "A" is the identity. [...]
>No, identity is the *relation* between A and itself.
>If "A" were the identity, then all things which are equal to themselves
>would be equal to each other. Is that why you preach that A = the
>If a definition is fallacious for including a paraphrase of the word
>defined, then *all* definitions are fallacious. And yet they're still
>"How'd ya like to climb this high without no mountain?" --Porky Pine
>Anton Sherwood *\\* +1 415 267 0685

Respectfully to Mr IAN: You could read something in "Mathematical
Philosophy", like Bertrand Russel or other...