ISBN-10:
0674323513
ISBN-13:
9780674323513
Pub. Date:
05/15/1980
Publisher:
Harvard
From a Logical Point of View: Nine Logico-Philosophical Essays, Second Revised Edition / Edition 3

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

by Willard Van Orman Quine
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ISBN-13: 9780674323513
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 05/15/1980
Edition description: Second Revised Edition
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 323,071
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

W. V. Quine was Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University. He wrote twenty-one books, thirteen of them published by Harvard University Press.

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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jwhenderson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Essays that sum up Quine's approach to analytic philosophy. The most important essay in the collection is "Two Dogmas of Empiricism". Originally published in 1951, it is one of the most celebrated papers of twentieth century philosophy in the analytic tradition. The essay is an attack on two central parts of the logical positivists' philosophy. One is the analytic-synthetic distinction between analytic truths and synthetic truths, explained by Quine as truths grounded only in meanings and independent of facts, and truths grounded in facts. The other is reductionism, the theory that each meaningful statement gets its meaning from some logical construction of terms that refers exclusively to immediate experience. "Two Dogmas" is divided into six sections. The first four sections are focused on analyticity, the last two sections on reductionism. There, Quine turns the focus to the logical positivists' theory of meaning. He also presents his own holistic theory of meaning. The collection as a whole is a classic of twentieth-century philosophy.