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Is mathematics analytic or synthetic?

A possible counterargument is that the analytic-synthetic distinction you are using is inherently inadequate and outmoded language and thinking. For the first part, Quine in his Two Dogmas of ...
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Is the proposition "I feel happy" analytic or synthetic?

When Kant tells us that in an analytic statement the predicate is contained in the subject, he intends a quite different sense of 'subject' from what you have in mind. 'A triangle has three sides and ...
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If one agrees with Quine's dissolution of the Analytic/Synthetic distinction, what is left of Kant's epistemology?

Recall that to Kant since Aristotle "logic has not been able to advance a single step, and is thus to all appearance a closed and completed body of doctrine" (Critique of Pure ...
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What would be gained philosophically if logicism succeeds?

Logicism's original goal certainly was not to diffuse Platonist impulses, although it was later adapted to that end, Frege was a devout Platonist. It was an epistemological reduction programme (aside ...
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Kant's analytic/synthetic propositions

Analytic and synthetic judgements His definition is rather straight and it seems as if you correctly applied it: analytic essentially means 'already thought within the concept itself': Either the ...
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The Analytic/Synthetic Distinction in false mathematical propositions

If we stay with the definition of Analytic according to which : “Analytic” sentences are those whose truth seems to be knowable by knowing the meanings of the constituent words alone, unlike the more ...
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Is Quine's epistemology really just a linguistic reinterpretation of Kant's?

Kant's epistemology: There are facts out there, but we can never access them directly, we can only perceive them the way they are presented to us by our own minds. No, this specific piece has no ...
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Why can we not reduce necessity to analyticity?

The OP is very close to Quine's considered view of necessity, as e.g. in Pursuit of Truth: "In respect of utility there is less to be said for necessity than for the propositional attitudes. The ...
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Two dogmas of empiricism - logical vs analytic truths... is there really a distinction?

To paraphrase your question, Quine allows himself to distinguish between 'logical particles' and other words. The logical particles (or constants) allow us to recognise sentences like "no unmarried ...
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Is this a more unequivocal way to make an analytic v synthetic distinction?

Your proposed definitions would not address Quine's objections at all. For one thing, Quine is just as opposed to the concept of a priori knowledge as he is to analytic truth. For another, he rejects ...
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Did Kant believe that the a priori truths don't coincide with the necessary truths?

Kant does not claim that “all mathematical judgments are both a priori and contingent (synthetic).” For Kant, all a priori truths are necessary truths, including a priori synthetic truths. Prior to ...
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Is mathematics analytic or synthetic?

The two terms, analytic and synthetic, are two possible, mutual exclusive properties of statements. SEP introduces the following definition: “Analytic” sentences, such as “Pediatricians are doctors,” ...
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Does this reformulation of the the analytic / synthetic distinction overcome Quine's objections?

One cannot get around Quine's objection to analyticity simply by appeal to stipulated definitions. For one thing, the vast majority of words in a natural language such as English don't have stipulated ...
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Does this reformulation of the the analytic / synthetic distinction overcome Quine's objections?

Actually, the claim 'Dogs generally bark' is synthetic, not analytic. How would one ever know that they generally bark without hearing them bark, and frequently (for the 'generally' part). In fact, ...
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If one agrees with Quine's dissolution of the Analytic/Synthetic distinction, what is left of Kant's epistemology?

Singling out Quine, in the context of Kant's synthetic apriori, seems to me out of place. There was nothing special about Quine's attitude towards Kant's synthetic apriori. Quine's specialty was his ...
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Is the existence of a thing an analytic proposition?

No, existence does not seem to me analytic. Your argument for the analyticity of existence relies on extraction from context, like this: a exists "in some sense" => a exists If this were a valid ...
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Redefining the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction in Terms of Computational Complexity

It's very hard to understand what a connection between the analytic/synthetic distinction and computational complexity could mean. As an example objection to the idea: if you are saying that ...
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Did it take till the likes of Lakoff and the 20th-21st century to have truly direct naturalized reasons for logic and math?

Thirty-Second Overview of Embodied Cognition as a Philosophical Theory George Lakoff and the cognitive semanticists as well as embodied cognition might find it's clearest, most popular expression in ...
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Is mathematics analytic or synthetic?

For the sake of the OP, I will assume that some version of the analytic/synthetic distinction is defensible. More specifically, I will assume that we can differentiate between analyzing a question ...
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Is mathematics analytic or synthetic?

There are various ways to define "analytic" and "synthetic". Those word are generally thought to apply to propositions, but there are different ideas of what a proposition is. ...
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Does 5 + 7 = 12 really say anything new?

You seem to have hit upon the paradox of analysis, or at least issues in the vicinity. The whole SEP article on Conceptions of Analysis in Analytic Philosophy is worth a read, but the section on G.E. ...
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Quine on Necessity

I. I do agree with Barcan and Kripke: if two things are actually one and the same, then they are necessarily one and the same. As far as my judgment can discern, this is just the statement that, for ...
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Is "there are synthetic a priori truths" a synthetic a priori truth?

Although Kant does not have the clearest account of some of these propositions in his system, I think he could have formulated them (if the question of their "existence" is posed) in an ...
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Is this definition a necessary or possible (contingent) truth?

Firstly, it should be set down that those statements that fall under our concept of definition diverge into a variety of types that are yet to be clearly delineated, quite ironically for the etymology ...
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Has anyone discussed the analytic vs synthetic in algebra?

Kant seems to have held that even, "Twice 2 is 4," is synthetic, but since the unfolding of the hyperoperator sequence via, "n ↑m n = n ↑m+1 2," seems to make, "2 + 2 = 2 × 2 =...
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Is the compound statement "Every bachelor is a man without a wife AND the Earth revolves around the Sun,” synthetic or analytic?

From Quine's Two Dogmas: "It is obvious that truth in general depends on both language and extralinguistic fact... Hence the temptation to suppose in general that the truth of a statement is ...
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Why does Kant say that some imperatives are analytically justified?

So, this seems to be a question of philosophy of language and epistemology since it is predicated about notions of the analytic-synthetic divide, questions regarding syntax and semantics, and is ...
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