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Single Idea 14619

[catalogued under 19. Language / E. Analyticity / 4. Analytic/Synthetic Critique]

Full Idea

The source of the Quinean scepticism about analytic and synthetic is, first, scepticism over whether we can factor truth into a semantic and a factual component, and (second) if we can, is the factual component ever null?

Gist of Idea

The Quinean doubt: are semantics and facts separate, and do analytic sentences have no factual part?


Kit Fine (Semantic Necessity [2010], 1)

Book Reference

'Modality', ed/tr. Hale,B/Hoffman,A [OUP 2010], p.67

A Reaction

You certainly can't grasp 'bachelors are unmarried men' if you haven't grasped the full Woosterian truth about men and marriage. But I could interdefine four meaningless words, so that you could employ them in analytic sentences.