Synthetic Statements

The verification principle of meaning states that any synthetic statement has meaning as long as we know what difference we would see in the world if it were proven to be true. Further more, it also deals with synthetic statements that can be true but could also change and need evidence to prove its truth. Synthetic statements are seen through out the world especially in the news. An example of a synthetic statement deals with Bernie Saunders. In the article, it states that, “After denying in a Democratic debate last week that he told Sen. Elizabeth Warren a woman could not be elected president.” This claim is a synthetic statement because evidence is needed to prove its truth. If this statement were true we would see more people reacting to this news and, potentially, would negatively impact Bernie’s campaign. Another example of a synthetic statement deals with First Lady Melania Trump. In the article, it states, “The president sleeps in the master bedroom on the second level of the White House residence while the first lady stays on the third floor in a two-room space that was previously occupied by former first lady Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson.” This claim is also a synthetic statement because proof is needed to confirm that Melania Trump does indeed sleep in a separate room from her husband. If this were true, it would lead the world to believe that there is an issue with their marriage and that it would confirm rumors that Trump is an awful person to be around. The last example also deals with president, which states, “The story goes that in a 1998 interview with People Magazine, Donald Trump said he was considering a run for president and would do so as a Republican because “They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.” This is also considered a synthetic statement because proof is need to confirm that it is true and there is no proof thus far. If it were to be true, it would negatively impact his chances of being elected president and he would continue to loose favoritism among his base.

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