Re: Definition of character

From: Curtis Clark <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 21:03:06 -0700

On 7/13/2011 3:49 PM, Ken Whistler wrote:
> As Asmus was at pains to point out, the character
> encoders are essentially engaged in an operational discovery process
> regarding
> "what characters there are". That in turn leads to a definition by
> enumeration: What
> characters are consists of the list of what characters there are.
Speaking as a biologist, that's a common way that biologists approach
"life". Trying to define it is essentialist, and essentialism has been
rejected by most modern biologists.

Curtis Clark
Cal Poly Pomona
Received on Wed Jul 13 2011 - 23:06:56 CDT

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