[quickphilosophy] Re: Fodor on Concepts IV: Circularity

  • From: wittrsl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: quickphilosophy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 21:25:39 -0000

--- In quickphilosophy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Ron Allen <wavelets@...> wrote:

> Well, here I am advocating analyticity, and the statement "all mammals are 
> vertebrates" struck me not as analytic, but rather synthetic, albeit 
> universally true on this planet. Maybe mammals are defined within zoology as 
> vertebrates whose female individuals possess mammary glands; in that case, I 
> agree. But, if the definition of mammal is an animal with mammary glands and 
> vertebrates have a spine, then, well, it could be that someone will turn up a 
> spineless animal, like an >abalone, that nurses its young.

That seems to me a great example of the kind of thing Quine is talking about, 


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