The Cambridge Companion to Quine

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Overview

The eleven essays in this volume cover all the central topics of W.V. Quine's philosophy. Quine (1908-2000) was perhaps the most distinguished analytic philosopher of the later half of the twentieth century. His celebrated attack on the analytic/synthetic tradition heralded a major shift away from the views of language descended from logical positivism. His most important book, Word and Object, introduced the concept of indeterminacy of radical translation, a bleak view of the nature of the language with which we ascribe thoughts and beliefs to ourselves and others.

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"The Cambridge Companion to Quine, like others in the series, would be a welcomed contribution to the shelves of philosophy students and professors alike. The only noticeable difference between this volume and others in the series is that, because of the interlocking nature of Quine's views, there is (happily in this case) more overlap between articles. Gibson's introduction to the Companion provides a brief biography of Quine's journey...then offers a brief but nonetheless brilliant exposition of Quine's systematic philosophy. The Companion's articles are generally of high quality also." - Aran Canes and Staff, Nathaniel Goldberg, Mount Saint Mary's University
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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Abbreviations
Willard Van Orman Quine 1
1 Aspects of Quine's naturalized epistemology 19
2 Quine on the intelligibility and relevance of analyticity 47
3 Quine's meaning holisms 65
4 Underdetermination of physical theory 91
5 Quine on reference and ontology 115
6 Indeterminacy of translation 151
7 Quine's behaviorism cum empiricism 181
8 Quine on modality 200
9 Quine and logical positivism 214
10 Quine and logic 270
11 Quine on Quine 287
Selected bibliography 295
Index 309
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