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December 2020

Analytic Philosophy Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has never been Wisdom, 30: Quine 1

Quine is famous for saying that there is actually no difference between ‘analytic’ and ‘synthetic’ statements.  The difference had been introduced by Hume in the 1730s (or by even earlier empiricists) but only so named by Kant in 1781.  It had since then become gospel in Philosophy.  The example of analytic statement that everyone gives is ‘All bachelors are unmarried’, which has to be true because of the definition of…

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