On Analytic a posteriori Statements: are they possible?

Guillermo E. Rosado Haddock


Traditionally, the notions of analyticity, aprioricity and necessity have been considered coextensive, and also their counterparts, namely, syntheticity, aposterioricity and contingency. Such coextensiveness has been questioned by philosophers like Kant and Husserl who, on the basis of very different definitions of analyticity, postulated the existence of synthetic a priori statements and, on the other hand, by Kripke, who argued for the ex- istence of contingent a priori and necessary a posteriori statements. In this paper, on the basis of a new definition of analyticity that can be seen as a refinement of Husserl’s, it is argued for the existence of analytic a posteriori instantiations of analytic laws.



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