terminology (n.)

1770, from German Terminologie, a hybrid coined by Christian Gottfried Sch├╝tz (1747-1832), professor of poetry and rhetoric at Jena, from Medieval Latin terminus “word, expression, [an end, a limit, a boundary line]” (see terminus) + Greek -logia “a dealing with, a speaking of” (see -logy). Related: Terminological.

I take terminology to be the logic of terms.

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In ancient Rome, Terminus was the name of the deity who presided over boundaries and landmarks, focus of the important Roman festival of Terminalia (held Feb. 23, the end of the old Roman year). The meaning “either end of a transportation line” is first recorded 1836.


Mutual determination

Mutual determination is a method of discovering concepts (or uncovering the muted characteristics of familiar concepts) by listening to the harmonization of what is said in the terms of names given to the concepts.

When a concept is formed (or reformed) through mutual determination, we gather the concept’s components from the ideas revealed in the mutual reflection of each term upon the other.

This concept of mutual determination is not mutually determined: we simply take the concept of determination as something like “deciding or fixing limits and boundaries” and we qualify it as mutual, to form the idea of conceptual formulation through reciprocal determination of sub-terms.


To collect, organize, relate, and make available reflections, remarks, and analysis of a terminological nature.


Each entry in this directory is about a single term, and the body of the file will records remarks of a terminological nature.

What is a term?

On the goal of consistent and coherent terminology

Expansion of terms

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