Philosophical Issues: Meaning, Truth, And Philosophical Problems
And every philosophical argument must contain at least one nonempirical premise, for example, a definition. (If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be a philosophical argument.) / Empirical facts, then, are relevant to philosophical arguments, although they do not play the decisive role they often play in science. To determine just how relevant those facts may be, it is necessary to examine the underlying assumptions of an argument. > Differences of assumptions. Either way, the relevance of empirical considerations must be determined in the light of the underlying assumptions.