categorematic


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categorematic

(ˌkætɪˌɡɒrɪˈmætɪk)
adj
(of a word) able to stand alone as a term or subject
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Adj.1.categorematic - of a term or phrase capable of standing as the subject or (especially) the predicate of a proposition
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
syncategorematic - of a term that cannot stand as the subject or (especially) the predicate of a proposition but must be used in conjunction with other terms; "`or' is a syncategorematic term"
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The modern view in question is characterized in terms of what may be called "the thesis of onto-semantic parallelism," which states that the primitive (indefinable) categorematic concepts of our semantics mark out the primary entities in reality.
In this regard, it must be pointed out that when I say 'metaphysics' I am referring with Agamben to determined linguistic structures such as pronouns or grammatical shifters (indicators of enunciation) more properly known as categorematic expressions, which isolate the self-referentiality of language because they refer to nothing other than the taking place of language itself.
Accepting an infinity of things, but not infinite wholes, amounts, Leibniz goes on to say in the New Essays, to accepting a syncategorematic infinite but not a categorematic one.
These puzzles concern a species of categorematic terms in mental language, Ockham's absolute terms, and are not unlike the puzzles about proper names in Kripkean semantics.
Only the last sense of "to be" is categorematic, that is, has a nominally complete signification in its own right.