W.V.O. tried to prove that no statement is necessarily true. In this work, Quine's argument is stated, analyzed, and shown to be a broken argument for a false conclusion. It is shown that necessary truths are as important as empirical truths to the empirical sciences, the reason being that, without necessary truths, there is no way to organize or interpret data. It comes to light that, in addition to being false, every form of extreme empiricism (e.g. Dewey's pragmatism, Wittgenstein's verificationism, Comte's positivism) is so incoherent that it cannot be clearly stated without thereby being refuted.
What listeners say about Quine on the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction
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- M. A. Radford
May this audio article should have come with a pdf transcript. It sounded as if it was spoken by a computer - no intonation to help grasp its meanings. The summary on Amazon suggests that necessary truths are analytic but this is not what Quine is arguing. Logical, a priori or necessary truths can be synthetic.
- Honest Reviewer
What made the experience of listening to Quine on the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction the most enjoyable?
Adam Zens. The man is a legend in his own time.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
What wasn't compelling about it, is more like it!
What does A. Zens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
That K is a great writer.
Any additional comments?
I love this narrator.