Once more on analytic vs. synthetic

Pavel Materna

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/LLP.2007.001


The boundary between analytic and synthetic sentences is well definable. Quine’s attempt to make it vague is based on a misunderstanding: instead of freeing semantics from shortcomings found, e.g. in Carnap’s work, Quine actually rejects semantics of natural language and replaces it by behavioristically articulated pragmatics. Semantics of natural language as a logical analysis is however possible and it can justify hard and fast lines between analyticity and syntheticity.


analytic; synthetic; intensions; constructions; concepts; pragmatics

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