I discovered that Quine understood the problem with the claims about a priori truths and necessary truths more generally. Analyzing a concept can (perhaps) tell you what the concept means (at least means to some philosophers), but it does not tell you anything about whether the concept is true of anything in the world. But many philosophers in the second half of the 20th century really seemed to think that they were laying the foundations for science by laying down the conceptual (necessary) truths. I asked one: show me one example where 20th century conceptual analysis laid a foundational plank for any empirical science — any empirical science. No answer.Read more of the interview "Causal Machines"
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Pat Churchland on Brains as Causal Machines
Pat Churchland is interviewed at 3:AM Magazine. She talks about philosophy, morality, brains and much more.