Overlooked Distinctions:The Mirage of Contingent A Priori

Kuusela, Oskari ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9345-9499 (2023) Overlooked Distinctions:The Mirage of Contingent A Priori. In: Engaging Kripke with Wittgenstein. Routledge. ISBN 9781003240792

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In this chapter, I argue, with reference to Wittgenstein’s discussion of the standard meter in the Philosophical Investigations, that Kripke’s introduction of the epistemological-metaphysical category of contingent a priori in Naming and Necessity fails, due to his overlooking certain important distinctions in the use of relevant expressions and due to his unrecognized or unacknowledged wavering between different uses of relevant sentences. If the argument is correct, the notion of contingent a priori truths that Kripke seeks to introduce is merely a philosophical mirage that arises from bending the use of relevant sentences similarly to how the bending of light waves can create a mirage. I conclude with a discussion of the logical status of definitions and by outlining an alternative Wittgensteinian account of relevant kinds of definitional sentences in terms of their non-temporal use. The advantage of this account is that it helps to keep track of the distinctions that Kripke overlooks, and that it avoids the problems raised by Donnellan and Salmon for Kripke regarding the notion of knowledge of contingent a priori truths.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: wittgenstein,kripke,contingent apriori,logic,arts and humanities(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Wittgenstein
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2024 16:25
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:25
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/94375
DOI: 10.4324/9781003240792

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