I answered the following question, but wasn't absolutely sure that I did so viably:

Fallacy?: "Wyoming - It's like no place on Earth"

Is the location of places, like Wyoming on earth, an a posteriori and analytic judgement?

Seems so to me.

  1. It is a fact about the world, which we at least can work out by looking at how things are there, as I follow the map to a place that is on Earth, or we discover a place and call it Wyoming.

  2. Yet, it also seems true by virtue of the meaning of the term "Wyoming".

  1. I don't think it's necessary, but would not be overly surprised if I'm wrong. Wyoming can be renamed, anyway.
  • Why "analytic" ? Wyoming is a proper name, with reference but it is hard to say "meaning"... If Wyoming instead names a crater on the Moon, it will not name a "place on Earth". Jul 31, 2017 at 6:16
  • @MauroALLEGRANZA because i thought it might be "true by virtue of the meaning of the term". did you vote to close, how is this off-topic??
    – user25714
    Jul 31, 2017 at 6:19
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    But how to apply the criteria "true by virtue of the meaning of the term" to a name of Place ? The only meaning "wyoming" has is to name a US state; if instead it names a Moon crater... Jul 31, 2017 at 6:21
  • @MauroALLEGRANZA i'm not saying i'm sure i'm right, i'm not any kind of philosopher, it just seems likely... if you can show otherwise then please do answer! that's the question
    – user25714
    Jul 31, 2017 at 6:25
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    No, I think it's basically fine. I linked to the SEPh article because I don't know the literature on names well enough to give you a substantive and confident answer.
    – Dan Hicks
    Aug 2, 2017 at 11:00


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