Kant vs. the logical positivists

With regard to the issues related to the distinction between analytic and synthetic propositions, Kant and the logical positivists agreed about what “analytic” and “synthetic” meant. This would only be a terminological dispute. Instead, they disagreed about whether knowledge of mathematical and logical truths could be obtained merely through an examination of one’s own concepts. The logical positivists thought that it could be. Kant thought that it could not.

— Wikipedia on Analytic-synthetic distinction

2010.02.20 Saturday ACHK