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The early positivists had accepted this view since it enabled them to2 evade the discussion of metaphysical and epistemological difficulties. Both (a) and (b) above represent the two dogmas of positivism. As Quine was later to put it, (a) is an expression of naive empiricism and reductionism, and (b) is an expression of the analytic-synthetic distinction. This distinction between the two dogmas or doctrines failed to hold up under scrutiny. T o begin with, it failed to hold for Wittgenstein himself whose entire Tractatus and its own themes reflect neither (a) nor (b) but some third kind of status that Wittgenstein remarkably declared to be a special kind of'nonsense'.

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Their universality is due to their weak empirical content (and probably, also, to their lack of explanatory relevance; see Kiefer, 1979). It could even be maintained that they constitute mere fallacies. ' and so on? All this does not mean that we consider the whole corpus of studies conducted on language by the Anglo-Saxon 'philosophers of language' as devoid of theoretical value or linguistic relevance. We admit that part of this corpus does have a domain of positivity, manifesting itself by controlled techniques of argumentation and validated results, and 26 Sylvain Auroux and Djamel Kouloughli we recognize that it has produced some kind of knowledge on some kind of object.

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