The Meaning of Science Fiction and the Meaning of "Meaning"

Sunday Aug 19   03:00 PM to 04:00 PM (1 hour)
SF editors, writers, and fans have spent so much time proposing and dismissing definitions of "science fiction" that the exercise has become tedious. Nevertheless, something new can be said.  Instead of beginning with SF and then asking "What is it (how is it to be defined)?", begin with the question "What is a definition?" and then apply possible answers to SF. In short, a survey of different theories of "definition" as found in linguistics and philosophy -- a survey which should appeal to anyone with broad interests in lexicography or philosophical essences -- and then relate those theories to possible definitions of SF.

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