Sequence Exercise: "Extensions and Intensions" from "A Human's Guide to Words"

by Normal_Anomaly 9y17th Apr 20111 min read20 comments

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Exercise for “Extensions and Intensions

Give an intensional definition for each of the following words:

  1. Shoe
  2. Hope
  3. Wire
  4. Green
  5. Politician
  6. Apple

Now rank them from easiest to define to hardest.

Describe how you would give an extensional definition of the same words:

  1. Shoe
  2. Hope
  3. Wire
  4. Green
  5. Politician
  6. Apple

Again, rank them from easiest to hardest.

Are the two lists the same? If not, what tends to make something easier to define intensionally than extensionally and vice versa?


You can share your answers in the comments. I'm interested in seeing how similarly people think of these things. Please make suggestions as to how this could be improved or augmented and what to do the same/differently in future exercises. My current plan is to do more from the sequence "A Human's Guide to Words." This post will be edited in response to suggestions.