A Companion to W. V. O. Quine by Gilbert Harman, Ernest Lepore

By Gilbert Harman, Ernest Lepore

This better half brings jointly a group of best figures in modern philosophy to supply an in-depth exposition and research of Quine’s vast effect throughout philosophy’s many subfields, highlighting the breadth of his paintings, and revealing his persevered value today.

  • Provides an in-depth account and research of W.V.O. Quine’s contribution to American Philosophy, and his place as one of many overdue twentieth-century’s such a lot influential analytic philosophers
  • Brings jointly newly-commissioned essays through best figures inside modern philosophy
  • Covers Quine’s paintings throughout philosophy of good judgment, philosophy of language, ontology and metaphysics, epistemology, and more
  • Explores his paintings in terms of the origins of analytic philosophy in the US, and to the historical past of philosophy extra broadly
  • Highlights the breadth of Quine’s paintings around the self-discipline, and demonstrates the ongoing effect of his paintings in the philosophical community

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The point I want to make here is that this early suggestion by Quine has a certain attractive feature, which is very seldom recognized in discussions of analyticity, namely that synonymy, and therefore also analyticity, is relative to persons and times. This is plausible in view of the fact that people may often interpret sentences differently and one and the same person may interpret sentences differently at different times. 15 Here, again, synonymy is relativized to persons and times.

One possible response is to attempt to provide an account of explanation that is so abstract that it presupposes nothing about how the 31 thomas kelly world actually works. This was the route pursued by Hempel and the logical empiricists. But another possibility is this: our views about how the world works and what it takes to explain something are inevitably linked, and it is a mistake to pursue the theory of explanation as though this were not the case. If we have a deeply inadequate view about how the world works, then we will almost certainly have a deeply inadequate account of explanation.

Naturalism: Or, Living within One’s Means. Dialectica 49(2–4), 251–263. 36 quine and epistemology Reichenbach, Hans (1924[1969]). Axiomatization of the Theory of Relativity. Berkeley: University of California Press. Reichenbach, Hans (1938[2006]). Experience and Prediction: An Analysis of the Structure and Foundations of Knowledge. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press. Russell, Bertrand (1914). Our Knowledge of the External World: As a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy. London: Routledge.

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