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Single Idea 12233

[catalogued under 19. Language / E. Analyticity / 2. Analytic Truths]

Full Idea

We can find the ground of a pure conceptual truth only in other conceptual truths.

Gist of Idea

The ground of a pure conceptual truth is only in other conceptual truths


Bernard Bolzano (Theory of Science (Wissenschaftslehre, 4 vols) [1837], Pref)

A Reaction

Elsewhere he insists that these grounds must be in 'truths', and not just in the attributes of the concepts of involved. This conflicts with Kit Fine's view, that the concepts themselves are the source of conceptual truth and necessity.