Single Idea 14488

[catalogued under 19. Language / E. Analyticity / 1. Analytic Propositions]

Full Idea

The analytic interrelations among elements of language become evident through redundancy. It is redundant to utter 'He bought a house and a building', since buying a house analytically entails that he bought a building.

Gist of Idea

Analyticity is revealed through redundancy, as in 'He bought a house and a building'


Amie L. Thomasson (Ordinary Objects [2007], 09.4)

Book Reference

Thomasson,Amie L.: 'Ordinary Objects' [OUP 2010], p.162

A Reaction

This appears to concern necessary class membership. It is only linguistically redundant if the class membership is obvious. Houses are familiar, uranium samples are not.