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Single Idea 20292

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

Full Idea

One could call an analytic judgement one of clarification ...since the predicate does not add anything to the concept of the subject, but only breaks it up by means of analysis into its component concepts.

Gist of Idea

Analytic judgements clarify, by analysing the subject into its component predicates

Source

Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781], A007)

A Reaction

This is a very illuminating view of the concept, which seems to have fallen into disrepute. If we ask what predicates are contained in 'tree', we may quickly have to embrace essentialism, to decide which predicates matter.

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Pure Reason', ed/tr. Guyer,P /Wood,A W [CUO 1998], p.130