Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 98 pages
This brief text assists students in understanding Quine's philosophy and thinking so that they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the "Wadsworth Philosophers Series," (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON QUINE is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher better enabling students to engage the reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.
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analytic/synthetic distinction Antorians behavior best going theories body of theory Carnap chapter claims component doctrine Dogmas of Empiricism empirical content empirical meaning empirically equivalent empiricist entities Epistemology Naturalized Essays explication fact firings of sensory Gavagai holism Hume ideas indeterminacy of translation inscrutability of reference kind language logic and mathematics Martha Washington mathematics and logic meaning or content Milestones of Empiricism molecules naturalized epistemology observation categoricals observation sentences occasion sentences ontological commitments particles Pegasus philosophers physical objects Posits and Reality predict presupposes psychology Quine argues Quine maintains Quine notes Quine rejects Quine takes Quine's view rabbit reductionism scientific sense data sense experience sensory evidence sensory experience sensory receptors sensory stimulation set theory sets of sentences stimulus meaning strong indeterminacy synonymous synonymy theory of nature theory of truth thesis things triggerings of exteroceptors true Truth by Convention underdetermination underdetermination of theories verificationism W. V. Quine Word and Object