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" Different persons growing up in the same language are like different bushes trimmed and trained to take the shape of identical elephants. The anatomical details of twigs and branches will fulfill the elephantine form differently from bush to bush, but... "
Word and Object - Page 8
by Willard Van Orman Quine - 1964 - 294 pages
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Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories: New Foundations for Realism

Ruth Garrett Millikan - Philosophy - 1984 - 355 pages
...where it matters socially" aptly express the relation between private intensions and public sense: "Different persons growing up in the same language...bush, but the overall outward results are alike." 2 (The trimming and training, however, is not done with the tools Quine envisions—as I will argue...
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Enlightened Empiricism: An Examination of W.V. Quine's Theory of Knowledge

Roger F. Gibson - Philosophy - 1988 - 191 pages
...intersubjectively conspicuous circumstances of utterance than in point of privately conspicuous ones. Different persons growing up in the same language...to bush, but the overall outward results are alike. (WO, 8) Determining these overlying patterns of uniformity and the psychological mechanisms that make...
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Connectionism and the Philosophy of Mind

T. Horgan, J. Tienson - Computers - 1991 - 472 pages
...something relevant. We suspect this sort of indeterminacy is endemic in human cognition. 14 Quine says, "Different persons growing up in the same language...form differently from bush to bush, but the overall results are alike.", Word and Object, p. 8. Differences in connection strengths are a simple way in...
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Relativism and contextualism

Alex Burri, Jürg Freudiger - Analytische Philosophie - Aufsatzsammlung - 1993 - 312 pages
...regulation". Quine, presumably, would opt for a naturalistic, factual, behavioristic account of how: Different persons growing up in the same language...to bush, but the overall outward results are alike. 38 Whereas Lauener, presumably, would opt for a transcendental (nonnaturalistic) account of the speech...
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Interpretation and Explanation in the Human Sciences

David K. Henderson - Social Science - 1993 - 293 pages
...comprising pair (2) will have come to be associated. Quine (1960, p. 8) has provided an apt analogy: Different persons growing up in the same language...to bush, but the overall outward results are alike. In interpretation we wish to account for the associations of behaviors and behavioral dispositions...
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Metaphors: Figures of the Mind

Z. Radman - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1996 - 186 pages
...of the opening paragraphs of Word and Object Willard van Orman Quine introduces a »bush« metaphor: Different persons growing up in the same language...to bush, but the overall outward results are alike. (1973: 8) In a later explanation of translational meaning, the »old familiar bush« recurs again:...
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Rule-Following and Realism

Gary EBBS, Gary Ebbs - Philosophy - 2009 - 388 pages
..."Ontological Relativity," 46. 49. Quine, Word and Object, 27. 50. Ibid., 27. In Quine's vivid simile, "Different persons growing up in the same language...different bushes trimmed and trained to take the shape of ... elephants" (Word and Object, 8). 51. Ibid., 27. 52. Quine, "Notes on the Theory of Reference,"...
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Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds

Daniel Clement Dennett - Philosophy - 1998 - 418 pages
"Brainchildren" is a new collection of wide-ranging essays from one of cognitive science's most distinguished figures. This book brings together Dennett's essays on the ...
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Forms of Mathematical Knowledge: Learning and ..., Issues 1-3; Issue 1999

Dina Tirosh - Education - 1999 - 252 pages
...interaction and response, both corrective and corroborative. Quine goes on to elaborate this with a simile. Different persons growing up in the same language...The anatomical details of twigs and branches will fulfil the elephantine form differently from bush to bush, but the overall outward results are alike....
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Conceptual Flux: Mental Representation, Misrepresentation, and Concept Change

M. Perlman - Computers - 2000 - 435 pages
...teacher smacking the student's knuckles with a ruler when the student 'get's it wrong'. Quine concludes: Different persons growing up in the same language are like different bushes trimmed to take up the shape of identical elephants. The anatomical details of the twigs and branches will...
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