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Single Idea 9370

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

Full Idea

According to Frege, a statement's analyticity (in my epistemological sense) is to be explained by the fact that it is transformable into a logical truth by the substitution of synonyms for synonyms.


For his 'epistemological sense' see Idea 9368

Gist of Idea

A statement is analytic if substitution of synonyms can make it a logical truth


report of Gottlob Frege (Grundlagen der Arithmetik (Foundations) [1884], 03) by Paul Boghossian - Analyticity Reconsidered I

Book Reference

-: 'Nous' [-], p.5

A Reaction

[He says this interpretation of Frege's semantical notion of analyticity may be controversial] Presumably we see that 'bachelors are unmarried men' is analytic when we start substituting for 'bachelor'. Sounds reasonable.

Related Idea

Idea 2515 Frege fails to give a concept of analyticity, so he fails to explain synthetic a priori truth that way [Katz on Frege]