Every Dogma has its day

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This paper is a reexamination of "Two Dogmas" in the light of Quine's ongoing debate with Carnap over analyticity. It shows, first, that 'analytic' is a technical term within Carnap's epistemology. As such it is intelligible, and Carnap's position can meet Quine's objections. Second, it shows that the core of Quine's objection is that he (Quine) has an alternative epistemology to advance, one which appears to make no room for analyticity. Finally, the paper shows that Quine's alternative epistemology is itself open to very serious objections. Quine is not thereby refuted, but neither can Carnap's analyticity be dismissed as dogma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-389
Number of pages43
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Jul 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Logic


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