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The Analytic-Synthetic Distinction

Colin McGinn

in Truth by Analysis: Games, Names, and Philosophy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199856145
eISBN:
9780199919567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856145.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

If a concept has an analysis, then a statement connecting the two will be analytically true—it will be true just in virtue of the correctness of the analysis. If there are correct conceptual ... More


Introduction

Gillian Russell

in Truth in Virtue of Meaning: A Defence of the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232192
eISBN:
9780191715907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232192.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter introduces and motivates study of the analytic/synthetic distinction, and provides a brief history of that distinction. It also contains some preliminaries which will be of use in the ... More


Meaning

Gillian Russell

in Truth in Virtue of Meaning: A Defence of the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232192
eISBN:
9780191715907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232192.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The traditional account of the analytic/synthetic distinction is based on a naive folk theory of language. This chapter explains how that folk theory supported a particular version of the ... More


Tolerance and Analyticity in Carnap's Philosophy of Mathematics

Michael Friedman

in Future Pasts: The Analytic Tradition in Twentieth Century Philosophy

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195139167
eISBN:
9780199833214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513916X.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This essay is an interpretation of Carnap’s principle of tolerance in his 1934 Logical Syntax of Language, as expressed in his philosophy of mathematics. Friedman argues that Carnap’s deepest ... More


Analyticity and Syntheticity

Neil Tennant

in The Taming of the True

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199251605
eISBN:
9780191698057
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251605.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Language

This chapter re-examines the much maligned notion of analyticity. It suggests that a major reason why various philosophers have had trouble applying the analytic-synthetic distinction is that they ... More


Analytic and Synthetic

Sander Verhaegh

in Working from Within: The Nature and Development of Quine's Naturalism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780190913151
eISBN:
9780190913168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190913151.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines Quine’s evolving views on the analytic-synthetic distinction. Following Quine’s two-tiered argument in “Two Dogmas of Empiricism,” it answers three questions: (1) When did Quine ... More


On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme

Donald Davidson

in Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246298
eISBN:
9780191715181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246297.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Davidson attacks the intelligibility of conceptual relativism, i.e. of truth relative to a conceptual scheme. He defines the notion of a conceptual scheme as something ordering, organizing, and ... More


Differences with Quine

Gila Sher

in Epistemic Friction: An Essay on Knowledge, Truth, and Logic

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198768685
eISBN:
9780191822032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768685.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

The chapter is divided into two parts. The first part further elaborates some of the differences between Quine’s model and the present model; the second part shows that, and explains why, the present ... More


The Synthetic a Priori in Strawson's Kantianism

Barry Stroud

in Understanding Human Knowledge: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199252138
eISBN:
9780191598500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199252130.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Deals with the project of demonstrating the possibility of conclusions with a distinctive metaphysical status, both in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, which for its success depends on the ... More


Necessitation and Justification in Kant’s Ethics

Mark Timmons

in Significance and System: Essays on Kant's Ethics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780190203368
eISBN:
9780190203399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190203368.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter offers an interpretation of Kant’s claim that hypothetical imperatives are analytic and categorical imperatives are synthetic. This distinction applies comfortably to propositions having ... More


Working from Within: The Nature and Development of Quine's Naturalism

Sander Verhaegh

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780190913151
eISBN:
9780190913168
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190913151.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

During the past few decades, a radical shift has occurred in how philosophers conceive of the relation between science and philosophy. A great number of analytic philosophers have adopted what is ... More


Direct Reference for Extensional Terms

Ruth Garrett Millikan

in Beyond Concepts: Unicepts, Language, and Natural Information

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198717195
eISBN:
9780191785948
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198717195.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Names become attached to individuals, real kinds, properties, and so forth through conventions, that is, through the setting and following of precedents, patterns that continue to be reproduced ... More


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