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Truth in Virtue of MeaningA Defence of the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction$
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Gillian Russell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232192

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232192.001.0001

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The ‘in virtue of’ Relation

The ‘in virtue of’ Relation

(p.29) 1 The ‘in virtue of’ Relation
Truth in Virtue of Meaning

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In Carnap and Logical Truth, Quine argued that it was always either trivial or absurd to say that a sentence was true in virtue of meaning, and his argument has been revived in recent times by Boghossian. This chapter responds to these arguments by proposing a particular disambiguation of the ‘in virtue of’ expression. It is also argued that it would be a mistake to equate analytic sentences with those that express necessary truths.

Keywords:   Quine, two-factor argument, Boghossian, in virtue of, determination, necessity, substantive necessity, contingent analytic

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