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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Why "Sacrifice" Means Loss, Not Gain, by Craig Biddle

"If we want our concepts and definitions to serve their proper purpose, which is to mentally unite essentially similar things and differentiate them from essentially different things, then we have to define words correctly....

"Actions intended to result in a net loss, or those that result in such a loss due to lack of forethought or effort, are essentially different from those intended to result in a net gain. Properly formed concepts and definitions account for these differences. 'Sacrifice,' 'forfeit,' and the like refer to actions that render a net loss; 'trade,' 'profit,' and the like refer to those that render a net gain."

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