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19. Language / F. Analytic/Synthetic / 4. Analytic/Synthetic Critique

[rejection of a sharp distinction between real and verbal assertion]

15 ideas
Holism in language blurs empirical synthetic and empty analytic sentences [Quine]
In observation sentences, we could substitute community acceptance for analyticity [Quine]
Erasing the analytic/synthetic distinction got rid of meanings, and saved philosophy of language [Davidson on Quine]
The analytic needs excessively small units of meaning and empirical confirmation [Jenkins on Quine]
Quine's attack on analyticity undermined linguistic views of necessity, and analytic views of the a priori [Boghossian on Quine]
Quine attacks the Fregean idea that we can define analyticity through synonyous substitution [Thomasson on Quine]
A circle goes from analytic to definition to synonymy to necessarily to analytic [Quine]
The last two parts of 'Two Dogmas' are much the best [Quine]
Did someone ever actually define 'bachelor' as 'unmarried man'? [Quine]
If we try to define analyticity by synonymy, that leads back to analyticity [Quine]
The distinction between meaning and further information is as vague as the essence/accident distinction [Quine]
The analytic/synthetic distinction is a silly division of thought into encyclopaedia and dictionary [Harman]
Frege fails to give a concept of analyticity, so he fails to explain synthetic a priori truth that way [Katz]
The Quinean doubt: are semantics and facts separate, and do analytic sentences have no factual part? [Fine,K]
Analyticity has lost its traditional role, which relied on truth by convention [Sider]