Rewriting the A Priori/A Posteriori Distinction

Journal of Philosophical Research 33:279-284 (2008)
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The traditional way of drawing the a priori/a posteriori distinction, bequeathed to us by Kant, leads to overestimating the role that experience plays in justifying ourbeliefs. There is an irony in this: though Kant was in the rationalist camp, his way of drawing the distinction gives an unfair advantage to radical empiricism. I offer an alternative way of drawing the distinction, one that does not bias the rationalist/empiricist debate.

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Peter Murphy
University of Indianapolis


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