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Single Idea 8259

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 1. Nature of the A Priori]

Full Idea

The a priori/a posteriori is still taken seriously, and has had new life breathed into it by the work of Saul Kripke.

Gist of Idea

Kripke has breathed new life into the a priori/a posteriori distinction


report of Saul A. Kripke (Naming and Necessity lectures [1970]) by E.J. Lowe - The Possibility of Metaphysics 1.1

Book Reference

Lowe,E.J.: 'The Possibility of Metaphysics' [OUP 2001], p.1

A Reaction

The distinction may be a good one, despite a blurred borderline. Did Egyptian quantity surveyors begin to suspect that Pythagoras's Theorem was a necessary truth, though they couldn't prove it? A priori understanding creeps into experience.