An Evaluation of the A Priori Argument

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An Evaluation of the A Priori Argument The above line of argument is an interesting one, but I believe that it is unsound, primarily for the  following reasons: (1) In translating a strange language into one's own, the demand for agreement in judgments  varies radically , depending upon the content of the sentences that one is translating. Thus, for  example, if one translates certain foreign expressions as color words in such a way that the color  judgments of speakers of the other language are almost always in disagreement with one's own  color judgments, then that is very strong evidence that one's translation is wrong. Suppose, in  contrast, that one is translating the religious utterances of someone else into one's own language,  and one winds up attributing to the other person magical beliefs, or theological beliefs, that one  regards as false, or even absurd. One might, for example, find that if one translated a certain term  in their language by the word "witch", it turned out that people in that society believed that there  were in fact many women who had entered into contracts with the devil. Would that be strong  evidence that the translation was mistaken? Surely not. What, then, is the difference between the two cases? The relevant difference would seem to be 
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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