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The Wolffian Paradigm and its Discontent: Kant’s Containment Definition of Analyticity in Historical Context

R. Lanier Anderson1

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Citation Information: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. Volume 87, Issue 1, Pages 22–74, ISSN (Online) 1613-0650, ISSN (Print) 0003-9101, DOI: 10.1515/agph.2005.87.1.22, July 2005

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Published Online:
2005-07-27

Abstract

I defend Kant’s definition of analyticity in terms of concept “containment”, which has engendered widespread scepticism. Kant deployed a clear, technical notion of containment based on ideas standard within traditional logic, notably genus/species hierarchies formed via logical division. Kant’s analytic/synthetic distinction thereby undermines the logico-metaphysical system of Christian Wolff, showing that the Wolffian paradigm lacks the expressive power even to represent essential knowledge, including elementary mathematics, and so cannot provide an adequate system of philosophy. The results clarify the extent to which analyticity sensu Kant can illuminate the problem of a priori knowledge generally.

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