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Nathan Salmon

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284726.001.0001

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Analyticity and Apriority (1993) *

Analyticity and Apriority (1993) *

(p.183) 10 Analyticity and Apriority (1993)*
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This chapter criticizes the traditional conventionalist notion of analyticity. A notion of analyticity is proposed, on which sentences widely regarded as contingent a priori are, although indeed contingent, a posteriori yet analytic. A particular candidate is considered: ‘π is the ratio (if there is a fixed such ratio) of the circumference of a circle to its diameter’.

Keywords:   analytic, a priori, Carnap, conventionalism, semantics

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