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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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Relative and Absolute Apriority (1993) *

Relative and Absolute Apriority (1993) *

(p.169) 9 Relative and Absolute Apriority (1993)*
Content, Cognition, and Communication

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This chapter argues that one can understand a pair of synonyms (e.g., ‘furze’ and ‘gorse’) without knowing they are co-extensional, let alone synonymous. The account of Frege's puzzle is set out and clarified. According to that account, co-referential proper names are synonyms. Various relative notions of apriority are defined, in terms of which ‘Hesperus is Phosphorus’ is absolutely a priori. A notion of analyticity is defined.

Keywords:   analytic, a priori, Frege, name, synonym

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