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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontology and kantian propositions

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 20:06:42 -0500
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On Aug 7, 2011, at 1:58 PM, John F. Sowa wrote:    (01)

> On 8/7/2011 2:23 PM, Christopher Menzel wrote:
>> Seems to me that that example only shows that there is more
>> to the definition of*bachelor*  than "unmarried man" -- perhaps
>> something like "unmarried man who is not prevented from marrying
>> by civil or religious law".  It doesn't show that there is anything
>> "problematic" about the notion of analyticity.
> I agree that the definition of 'analytic truth' is OK.  And I agree
> that it applies to any term that can be defined by necessary and
> sufficient conditions.
> But philosophers as early as Aristotle noticed that finding necessary
> and sufficient conditions for biological species is not easy --
> especially when you first discover a new one.    (02)

Oh, well THAT is certainly uncontroversial.    (03)

-chris    (04)

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