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C.I. Lewis and the Analyticity Debate

  • Thomas Baldwin
Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy book series (History of Analytic Philosophy)

Abstract

In the final paragraph of ‘Two Dogmas of Empiricism’ Quine brackets together C.I. Lewis and Carnap as two pragmatists who, by remaining committed to the analytic/synthetic distinction, have not taken their pragmatism to its proper conclusion:

Carnap, Lewis and others take a pragmatic stand on the question of choosing between language forms, scientific frameworks; but their pragmatism leaves off at the imagined boundary between the analytic and the synthetic. In repudiating such a boundary I espouse a more thorough pragmatism. Each man is given a scientific heritage plus a continuing barrage of sensory stimulation; and the considerations which guide him in warping his scientific heritage to fit his continuing sensory promptings are, where rational, pragmatic. (Quine, 1953, p. 46)

Keywords

Conceptual Scheme Logical Truth Sense Experience Semantical Rule Analyticity Debate 
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