I found Bob Sutton’s note on “Crafting Precise Definitions” very instructive. Bob particularly features Richard Feynman’s perspective:
“We can’t define anything precisely. If we attempt to, we get into that paralysis of thought that comes to philosophers… one saying to the other: “you don’t know what you are talking about!”. The second one says: “what do you mean by talking? What do you mean by you? What do you mean by know?””
I agree with Richard Feynman to a certain extent. However I find Socrates’ perspective very attractive too: “The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms”
Is crafting precise definitions the beginning of wisdom or a folly? Is it better to give examples of certain new concepts than to define them?