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December 2020

Analytic Philosophy Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: chapter 17: Early Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein’s thought is divided into early and late Wittgenstein. There was a radical break between them. The early W. said that statements, unless they are of logic or maths, only have meaning if they refer to facts.  This stimulated other philosophers into Logical Positivism which said just about the same thing: ‘Facts’ have to be verifiable.   But the later W. then did an about-turn and said that words mean what…

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Analytic Philosophy Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 20: Quine 1

Quine is famous for saying that there is actually no difference between so-called ‘analytic’ and so-called ‘synthetic’ statements.  The difference had first been recognized by Hume (or by even earlier empiricists) but only so named by Kant.  It had, since then, become gospel in Philosophy..  The example of analytic statement that everyone gives is ‘All bachelors are unmarried’, which is inevitably and necessarily 100% true because of the definition of…

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