Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume 33, 2008

Peter Murphy
Pages 279-284

Rewriting the A Priori/A Posteriori Distinction

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 our beliefs. 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.