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Single Idea 16927

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

Full Idea

Analytic judgements rest wholly on the principle of contradiction, …because the predicate cannot be denied of the subject without contradiction.

Gist of Idea

Analytic judgement rests on contradiction, since the predicate cannot be denied of the subject


Immanuel Kant (Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysic [1781], 267)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysic', ed/tr. Lucas,Peter G. [Manchester UP 1971], p.17

A Reaction

So if I say 'gold has atomic number 79', that is a (Kantian) analytic statement? This is the view of sceptics about Kripke's a posteriori necessity. …a few lines later Kant gives 'gold is a yellow metal' as an example.

Related Idea

Idea 20293 Analytic judgements can't be explained by contradiction, since that is what is assumed [Rey]