This is the first full-length critique of Quine's celebrated doctrine of the indeterminacy of translation. Kirk clarifies the central indeterminacy thesis doctrine--whose influence extends beyond the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind, and presents a new argument against the indeterminacy doctrine, showing that the falsity of this doctrine leaves the other main tenets of Quine's philosophy of language intact.
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The implied nonfactuality of propositional attitudes
7 Quines naturalism
The indeterminacy thesis and some current approaches to semantics
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