Distinguishing Synthetic and Analytic Truths

January 29, 2007

If you’re like me and sometimes have trouble distinguishing synthetic propositions from analytic ones then maybe this submission from a philosophy student’s paper will help.  I quote:

“All husbands have heads” is synthetic and “all wives are are married” is analytic.  We never see a husband without a head.  However it is possible for us to imagine a husband with no head.  He may be being kept alive by a system of tubes and motors and was able to marry.  This man would still be a man like any other, but headless.

See, now that clears everything up well doesn’t it?

From here.