Quintessence: Basic Readings from the Philosophy of W. V. Quine

Quintessence: Basic Readings from the Philosophy of W. V. Quine

by Willard Van Orman Quine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674027558

ISBN-13: 9780674027558

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Harvard

Through the first half of the twentieth century, analytic philosophy was dominated by Russell, Wittgenstein, and Carnap. Influenced by Russell and especially by Carnap, another towering figure, Willard Van Orman Quine (1908–2000) emerged as the most important proponent of analytic philosophy during the second half of the century. Yet with twenty-three books

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Through the first half of the twentieth century, analytic philosophy was dominated by Russell, Wittgenstein, and Carnap. Influenced by Russell and especially by Carnap, another towering figure, Willard Van Orman Quine (1908–2000) emerged as the most important proponent of analytic philosophy during the second half of the century. Yet with twenty-three books and countless articles to his credit—including, most famously, Word and Object and "Two Dogmas of Empiricism"—Quine remained a philosopher's philosopher, largely unknown to the general public.

Quintessence for the first time collects Quine's classic essays (such as "Two Dogmas" and "On What There Is") in one volume—and thus offers readers a much-needed introduction to his general philosophy. Divided into six parts, the thirty-five selections take up analyticity and reductionism; the indeterminacy of translation of theoretical sentences and the inscrutability of reference; ontology; naturalized epistemology; philosophy of mind; and extensionalism. Representative of Quine at his best, these readings are fundamental not only to an appreciation of the philosopher and his work, but also to an understanding of the philosophical tradition that he so materially advanced.

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ISBN-13:
9780674027558
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,268,263
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Analyticity and Reductionism

1. Truth by Convention

2. Two Dogmas of Empiricism

3. Two Dogmas in Retrospect

4. Carnap and Logical Truth

Part II. Indeterminacy and Inscrutability

5. Speaking of Objects

6. Reference

7. Translation and Meaning

8. Progress on Two Fronts

Part III. Ontology

9. On What There Is

10. The Scope and Language of Science

11. On Simple Theories of a Complex World

12. Ontic Decision

13. Things and Their Place in Theories

14. On Carnap's Views on Ontology

Part IV. Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind

15. Epistemology Naturalized

16. Naturalism; or, Living within One's Means

17. The Nature of Natural Knowledge

18. Five Milestones of Empiricism

19. On Mental Entities

20. Mind and Verbal Dispositions

Part V. Extensionalism

21. Confessions of a Confirmed Extensionalist

22. Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes

23. Intensions Revisited

24. Reference and Modality

25. Three Grades of Modal Involvement

Credits

Index

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