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Are synthetic a priori propositions informative?

Yuan, Yongfeng (2030) Are synthetic a priori propositions informative? [Preprint]

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According to rationalists, synthetic a priori propositions convey new knowledge, whereas analytic propositions are non-informative or vacuous conceptual truths. However, as we argue in this article, each a priori proposition is necessarily true because of its semantic constituents and the way they are combined, and hence can be transformed into its equivalent analytic form. So each synthetic a priori proposition conveys only non-informative conceptual truths like analytic propositions.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Yuan, Yongfengganlanshux@126.com
Keywords: A priori, analytic, synthetic, necessary truth, informative, knowledge
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Depositing User: Dr. Yongfeng Yuan
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 15:15
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 15:15
Item ID: 15990
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Date: February 2030
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15990

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