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A Priori Knowledge and Analytic Truth

Albert Casullo

in A Priori Justification

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195115055
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786190 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195115058.003.0009
 A Priori Knowledge and Analytic Truth

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This chapter addresses two questions: Is there synthetic a priori knowledge? Is the analytic/synthetic distinction cogent? The epistemic significance of the first derives from the assumption that synthetic a priori knowledge raises difficult explanatory problems that are circumvented by analytic a priori knowledge. The epistemic significance of the second derives from the assumption that if the analytic/synthetic distinction is not cogent, then the cogency of the a priori/a posteriori distinction is also doubtful. It is argued that both assumptions are false, and that resolving the controversies surrounding these two questions is not necessary to answer the primary epistemological questions about a priori knowledge.

Keywords: analytic; synthetic; cogency; cogent; explanatory; revision; a priori

Chapter.  13172 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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