Date of Award

1-1-2012

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Konstantin Pollok

Second Advisor

Tom Burke

Abstract

For the past sixty years analyticity has been both vigorously challenged and defended. In this paper I reconceptualize analyticity by appropriating Robert Brandom's logical expressivism. I argue that statements such as 'x is analytic' should be interpreted as bits of logical expressivist vocabulary explicating the implicit material proprieties of treating the inferences appropriately substitutable for 'x' as materially monotonic. This interpretation demands that only explicating inference expressions are appropriately considered analytic: a demand defended in this paper. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that this interpretation is free from the objections levied at analyticity by its objectors. Finally, this logical expressivist interpretation of analyticity is compared with the time-honored interpretations of analyticity as (i) `truth in virtue

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