Chidush and Shinui

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  1. A minor nitpick about the analytic/synthetic distinction. For Kant, at least, a synthetic judgement is not one which depends upon empirical research or accumulation of facts. A synthetic judgement is one which brings forth something new, some knowledge which was not already contained in the terms of the claim.

    So for Kant, 5+7=12 is a synthetic judgement. Synthetic judgements can be known made without examining the world, and can be as necessarily true as analytic ones (the synthetic a priori).

    What you have described is the distinction between the analytic and the a posteriori, not the analytic and the synthetic.

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