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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 21: Quine 2

Here follows a whole litany of Quine’s thoughts that I have failed to tie into my first post on him (here) but am afraid to omit for fear of  leaving something important out.  My philosophically retarded mind can’t even grasp some of them: From here: Another approach to Quine’s objection to analyticity and synonymy emerges from the modal notion of logical possibility. A traditional Wittgensteinian view of meaning [in his…

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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 18: later Wittgenstein

The later Wittgenstein was drifting away from his original thoughts (which I had summarized here).  He began to think now that meaningful language wasn’t just the picturing of sensory or scientific facts in the world (as well as logic and maths).  He did such a volte-face that he now said in effect: Words mean what you use them for in the context you share with your audience (i.e. the ‘language-game’…

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‘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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‘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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