Analytic Philosophy

Hilary Putman

How did Hilary Putnam agree with W.V.O. Quine on the analytic-synthetic distinction?

In 1957 Putnam published the article “The Analytic and the Synthetic,” in the anthology Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, edited by H. Feigl and G. Maxwell (1962), in which he showed how the history of the definitions of kinetic energy made it impossible to divide statements about kinetic energy into “analytic” and “empirical,” or synthetic ones.


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