Knowledge, Language and Logic: Questions for Quine / Edition 1

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Quine is one of the twentieth century's most important and influential philosophers. The essays in this collection are by some of the leadin g figures in their fields and they touch on the most recent turnings i n Quine's work. The book also features an essay by Quine himself, and his replies to each of the papers. Questions are raised concerning Qui ne's views on knowledge: observation, holism, truth, naturalized epist emology; about language: meaning, the indeterminacy of translation, co njecture; and about the philosophy of logic: ontology, singular terms, vagueness, identity, and intensional contexts. Given Quine's preemine nt position, this book must be of interest to students of philosophy i n general, Quine aficionados, and most particularly to those working i n the areas of epistemology, ontology, philosophies of language, of lo gic, and of science.

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Epistemology and Naturalism.- I, You and It: an Epistemological Triangle.- Quine and Davidson on Perceptual Knowledge.- Quine and Observation.- Naturalistic Assumptions.- Justification, Coherence and Quine.- Quine, Empiricism and Truth.- Quine, Wittgenstein and Holism.- Quining The Apriori.- The Epistemology of Decision-Making “Naturalised”.- Language and Indeterminacy of Meaning.- Four Arguments for the Indeterminacy of Translation.- Naturalizing Radical Translation.- On the Existence of Meanings.- Publicness and Indeterminacy.- Individual and Social in Quine’s Philosophy of Language.- Logic and Problems of Reference.- Plato’s Beard, Quine’s Stubble and Ockham’s Razor.- Indeterminacy of Identity of Objects: An Exercise in Metaphysical Aesthetics.- Indefinite Objects of Higher Order.- On a Milestone of Empiricism.- De Re Modality: Lessons from Quine.- Opacity and the Attitudes.- Quine’s Responses.- Index of Names.

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