From a Logical Point of View: Nine Logico-Philosophical Essays / Edition 3

From a Logical Point of View: Nine Logico-Philosophical Essays / Edition 3

by Willard Van Orman Quine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674323513

ISBN-13: 9780674323513

Pub. Date: 05/28/1980

Publisher: Harvard

These nine essays are largely concerned with the theory of meaning and references—semantics. At the same time adjacent portions of philosophy and logic are discussed. To the existence of what objects may a given scientific theory be said to be committed? And what considerations may suitably guide us in accepting or revising such ontological commitments? These are…  See more details below

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These nine essays are largely concerned with the theory of meaning and references—semantics. At the same time adjacent portions of philosophy and logic are discussed. To the existence of what objects may a given scientific theory be said to be committed? And what considerations may suitably guide us in accepting or revising such ontological commitments? These are among the questions dealt with in this book, particular attention being devoted to the role of abstract entities in mathematics. There is speculation on the mechanism whereby objects of one sort or another come to be posited, a process in which the notion of identity plays an important part.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674323513
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
05/28/1980
Edition description:
Second Revised Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,368,819
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

I. On what there is

II. Two dogmas of empiricism

III. The problem of meaning in linguistics

IV. Identity, ostension, and hypostasis

V. New foundations for mathematical logic

VI. Logic and the reification of universals

VII. Notes on the theory of reference

VIII. Reference and modality

IX. Meaning and existential inference

Origins of the essays

Bibliographical references

Index

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