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

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Harvard University Press, 2004 - Philosophy - 416 pages
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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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A collection of important works by WVO Quine. Includes the class "Two Dogma's of Empiricism." A must read. Read full review

Contents

Truth by Convention
3
IV
22
Two Dogmas of Empiricism
31
Two Dogmas in Retrospect
54
Carnap and Logical Truth
64
INDETERMINACY AND INSCRUTABILITY
89
Speaking of Objects
91
Reference
109
EPISTEMOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
257
Epistemology Naturalized
259
Naturalism or Living within Ones Means
275
The Nature of Natural Knowledge
287
Five Milestones of Empiricism
301
On Mental Entities
307
Mind and Verbal Dispositions
313
EXTENSIONALISM
327

Translation and Meaning
119
Progress on Two Fronts
169
ONTOLOGY
175
On What There Is
177
The Scope and Language of Science
193
On Simple Theories of a Complex World
210
Ontic Decision
214
Things and Their Place in Theories
229
On Carnaps Views on Ontology
249
Confessions of a Confirmed Extensionalist
329
Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes
338
Intensions Revisited
350
Reference and Modality
360
Three Grades of Modal Involvement
379
Credits
399
Index
405
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Roger F. Gibson, Jr., is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Quine and coeditor of Perspectives on Quine.

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