PHIL102: Definitions

Evaluate the definitions presented below. If you find a definition to be inadequate or flawed, try to provide a better definition.

Share your thoughts on the discussion forum. Review comments and alternative definitions that other students have posted, and respond to at least one or two other students’ posts.

  1. Discuss Mark Twain’s definition of love: Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

  2. Discuss this definition of cloud: A cloud is a large, semi-transparent mass with fleecy texture suspended in the atmosphere whose shape is subject to continual change.


Mark twins definition of love is very self-centered. If I have a desire to be desired then that isn’t love? love is more than a desire to be desired, but it is a desire to be the best you can for another person. It is a willingness to give to someone else.

As far as the definition of a cloud being a large, semi-transparent mass with a fleecy texture suspended in the atmosphere whose shape is subject to continual change can describe a lot of different objects. There is no specificity to this definition.


Love is an irresistible desire. It is an emotion of urge and impatience to achieve the person who is desired, but it is not something that can be irresistibly desired in return because the person we love is our irresistible desire, that does not mean we will be responded equally from the other end. That would be known as obsession not love.
Love is all about showering your irresistible desire in the shape of happiness and care for that person, and not to expect anything in return. This is called unconditional love.

Clouds are large but there are smaller size fleecy texture fixed on the sky too. They come in different sizes and shapes. So a cloud is a semi- transparent mass with fleecy texture that is moving in one direction while changing in shape and size.


love is a feeling of giddyiness and happiness where they want tobe with the other person as much as they want them with u .they would get butterflies and a upset belly you never want to be without that loved one.

  1. Love is a feeling or emotion of affection or liking of someone or something.
  2. A cloud is a large, semi-transparent mass with fleecy texture suspended in the atmosphere whose shape is subject to continual change. The definition is not clear. It does not explain clearly what size that can be categorized as large. It mention semi-transparent mass but does not mention what kind of material is cloud. I think cloud here refers to condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere.

I agree that there is no specificity to this definition. The meaning of large here is not clear and the object that makes cloud should be condensed water vapor not other objects.

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Love is the ability to show affection to another person without expecting anything in return but there are cases in which the feelings are mutual.
While cloud is anything that makes things foggy or gloomy

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No man or lady truly realizes what immaculate love is until they have been hitched a fourth of a century. … Genuine romance is the main coronary illness that is best left to “run on”- - the main love of the heart for which there is no assistance, and none wanted. - Mark Twain’s Notebook. The course of free love never runs smooth

I need to worry from the beginning that, in shielding the proposition that awareness is a procedure in the mind, I am making an effort not to contend that when we portray our fantasies, dreams, and sensations we are discussing a procedure in our cerebrums. That is, I am not asserting that announcements about sensations and mental pictures are reducible to or analyzable into proclamations about mind forms, in how ‘discernment articulations’ are analyzable into explanations about conduct. To say that announcements regarding cognizance are explanations about cerebrum forms is clearly bogus. This is appeared (a) by the way that you can portray your sensations and mental symbolism without knowing anything about your mind forms or even that such things exist, (b) by the way that announcements about one’s awareness and articulations about one’s cerebrum forms are checked in altogether various manners, and © by the way that there is nothing self-opposing about the announcement, "X has a torment yet there is nothing going on in his mind. " What I would like to declare, nonetheless, is that the announcement "Awareness is a procedure in the mind, " despite the fact that not really obvious, isn’t really bogus. "Cognizance is a procedure in the cerebrum, " on my view, is neither self-conflicting nor undeniable; it is a sensible logical theory, in the way that the announcement, "Lightning is a movement of electric charges, " is a sensible logical speculation.

The everything except generally acknowledged view that a declaration of character among cognizance and mind procedures can be precluded on coherent grounds alone infers, I think, from an inability to recognize what we may call the ‘is’ of definition and the ‘is’ of sythesis. The qualification I have as a top priority here is the distinction between the capacity of the word ‘is’ in explanations like, "A square is a symmetrical square shape, " "Red is a shading, " or "To comprehend a guidance is to have the option to act fittingly under the proper conditions, " and its capacity in proclamations like, "His table is an old pressing case, " "Her cap is a heap of straw integrated with string, " or "A cloud is a mass of water beads of different particles in suspension. " These two kinds of ‘is’ proclamation make them thing in like manner. In the two cases it bodes well to include the capability "and that’s it. " In this they vary from those announcements where the ‘is’ is an ‘is’ of predication; the announcements, "Toby is 80 years of age and that’s it, " "Her cap is red and that’s it, " or "Giraffes are tall and that’s it, " for instance, are garbage. This sensible element might be depicted by saying that in the two cases the syntactic subject and the linguistic predicate are articulations that give a satisfactory portrayal of the situation to which the two of them allude.

Good description of cloud

  1. Mark Twain’s definition of love is insufficient. It is meaningful from a literary approach, but it falls short on the scientific aspect of what love actually is. The irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired can also be applied to other things such as infatuation. Love, quite literally, is a bunch of chemical reactions.
    Love is also the emotion experienced when oxytocin is released in the brain, which is responsible for feelings of trust and affection. It is also noteworthy that love does not necessarily happen between two people. One can eat chocolate and still experience the same effects to varying degrees.
  2. The definition of a cloud is not specific enough, it can be applied to other things. Although, it can be satisfactory if combined with the previously provided definition of a cloud being a “visible mass of condensed watery vapour floating high above the ground”.

Interesting insight. Love can indeed come in many shapes and forms.

Love is most times uncontrollable emotion inside human being

  1. Discuss Mark Twain’s definition of love: Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
    In my opinion, the proposed definition sounds like narrowly thought for lovers and in terms of passion as the word desire, according to the Oxford online dictionary, can refer to a strong sexual feeling or appetite. However, a mother’s love towards her children or a pet lover’s love towards their pet appears to be quite removed from the realm of “desire”. Therefore, a suggested, broad and general definition of love could go along the lines of: “Love is to feel irresistible affection for someone who in turn feels irresistible affection for us.”
  2. Discuss this definition of cloud: A cloud is a large, semi-transparent mass with fleecy texture suspended in the atmosphere whose shape is subject to continual change.
    Firstly, evaluating the above definition I may observe that clouds could come in quite any size at all (not only large), then storm clouds off the north coast of Scotland definitely appear to be neither semi-transparent nor have a fleecy texture to them and finally some clouds can float barely above the earth’s surface, like the English fog or the Scotch mist. Thus a suggested definition could be: “A cloud is a visible mass of condensed vapour floating at different heights above the earth’s surface whose shape is subject to continual change.”
  1. In the first argument, love doesn’t certainly have to be connected with desire. Scientifically , it’s not a kind of emotion, but rather a chemical reaction occuring in the brain. More-on, love is felt and expressed differently between different beings and people. for instance, instead of desire, it might be care, action, motivation e.t.c

  2. such definition is totally false, as it may describe the characteristics of the object but it doesn’t really define it. such things like size, shape, color, might all be totally different in a variety of cases. better definition would be, visible mass gas-like material floating in the air

Mark Twain’s definition is confusing if you don’t know what is meant by irresistible. I liked the definition of the cloud much better. It was easier to understand.

  1. Discuss Mark Twain’s definition of love: Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

This definition uses the same words to define itself and is very vague. There are no descriptors to let the reader know what love is. I think a better definition of love would be Love is the feeling you experience when you receive and show admiration for others without expectations or conditions.

  1. Discuss this definition of cloud: A cloud is a large, semi-transparent mass with fleecy texture suspended in the atmosphere whose shape is subject to continual change.

I feel this definition of cloud is a good one but not precise. There could be a cloud of any type of substance in for instance a pool, or your drink. This definition is limited, but I get a general idea of what to expect a cloud to look like.

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Correct, Twain’s definition is very confusing and leaves the reader to make unclear assumptions as to what irresistible is. Very hard to understand!

Agree! Love can not be explained, it just a feeling or effection someone feels for another.

A cloud is nothing but collective water vapors that has no specific shape or size.

  1. This represents the typical example of a circular reference which to define the word LOVE uses a noun DESIRE modified by irresistible and then uses the same words as adverbs: “Irresistibly Desired”. It is highly confusing and creates a circular reference.

  2. CLOUD - the main issue with this definition is the term MASS - it is unknown its real meaning, a mass of what of gases, vapors, air mixtures, etc. Also the use of “FLEECY” texture is incorrect as it comes from FLEECE which is a solid material with a fixed shape in contrast to CLOUDS that cannot be touched in the same way as we touch a piece of fleece.