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December 2020

Analytic Philosophy Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: chapter 17: Wittgenstein, early and late.

Wittgenstein’s thought is divided into early and late. There was a radical break between them. The early Wittgenstein, extending Russell’s original ideas (which I summarized here), said that statements, unless they are of logic or maths, are meaningless unless they refer to facts!  The thing about ‘facts’ is that they are verifiable entities or happenings in sensed reality; they can be proved true or false.  The important thing is verifiability. Their…

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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 ‘analytic’ and ‘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 the word…

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