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Flanagan B.
2013
September
Acta Analytica
Analyticity and the Deviant Logician: Williamson's Argument from Disagreement
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Analyticity Disagreement Epistemological holism Quine, Willard Van Orman Williamson, Timothy
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One way to discredit the suggestion that a statement is true just in virtue of its meaning is to observe that its truth is the subject of genuine disagreement. By appealing to the case of the unorthodox philosopher, Timothy Williamson has recast this response as an argument foreclosing any appeal to analyticity. Reconciling Quine's epistemological holism with his treatment of the 'deviant logician', I show that we may discharge the demands of charitable interpretation even while attributing trivial semantic error to Williamson's philosophers. Williamson's effort to generalize the argument from disagreement therefore fails. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
0353-5150
10.1007/s12136-012-0172-2
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