David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
International Philosophical Preprint Exchange (1994)
Analyticity is a bogus explanatory concept, and is so even granting genuine synonomy. Definitions can't explain the truth of a statement, let alone its necessity and/or our a priori knowledge of it. The illusion of an explanation is revealed by exposing diverse confusions: e.g., between nominal, conceptual and real definitions, and correspondingly between notational, conceptual, and objectual readings of alleged analytic truths, and between speaking a language and operating a calculus. The putative explananda of analyticity are (alleged) truths about essential properties. Real definitions (a la Socrates) are the (alleged) explananda, not the explanans of analyticity. Their truth can be explained neither by conceptual definitions (a la Kant), nor by nominal definitions (a la Frege). The Quinean assault on synonomy is unsuccessful and in any case misplaced, because analyticity turns on the explanatory import of synonomy, not its existence. Synonym substitution in a logical truth cannot yield a necessary truth for it doesn't preserve logical form. Self-identity statements (for properties and/or individuals) differ in logical form from alter-identity statements.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Paul Artin Boghossian (1996). Analyticity Reconsidered. Noûs 30 (3):360-391.
Guillermo E. Rosado Haddock (2008). Husserl on Analyticity and Beyond. Husserl Studies 24 (2):131-140.
Guillermo Rosado Haddock (2008). Husserl on Analyticity and Beyond. Husserl Studies 24 (2):131-140.
Olaf Mueller (1998). Does the Quine/Duhem Thesis Prevent Us From Defining Analyticity? Erkenntnis 48 (1):85-104.
R. G. Swinburne (1975). Analyticity, Necessity and Apriority. Mind 84 (334):225-243.
Eric Margolis & Stephen Laurence (2001). Boghossian on Analyticity. Analysis 61 (4):293–302.
Timothy Williamson (2006). Conceptual Truth. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 80 (1):1–41.
Cory Juhl (2009). Analyticity. Routledge.
Roger Wertheimer (1999). How Mathematics Isn't Logic. Ratio 12 (3):279–295.
Added to index2009-01-31
Total downloads83 ( #17,352 of 1,102,118 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #91,808 of 1,102,118 )
How can I increase my downloads?