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Rectification of Names

Language only needs to work well enough for the task in hand, so very few of us require great precision for most activities. However, in major psychosocial projects and for scientific inquiries, we urgently need rectification of names, to use Confucius’ elegant phrase.

When things start going badly wrong, we must know what we are talking about. So in developing the Taxonomy, I sought to embody a Confucian discipline.

Originally posted: August 2009; last updated 15 January 2011.

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