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Titel: W. V. Quine
Autor/en: Alex Orenstein

ISBN: 0691096066
EAN: 9780691096063
New.
Sprache: Englisch.
PRINCETON UNIV PR

April 2002 - kartoniert - 224 Seiten

"Orenstein's thorough knowledge both of Quine and of philosophical logic put him in an ideal position to explain and discuss Quine's seminal contributions. He does it with clarity and accuracy, and to his illuminating exposition he adds perceptive comment and incisive criticism. This is an outstanding account of Quine's thought, and will be invaluable to anyone seeking a really good, accessible and insightful introduction to it."--A. C. Grayling, Birkbeck College, University of London
"This presentation of Quine's philosophy is not only a good textbook but also a contribution to Quine scholarship. Written at a level suitable for philosophy majors and beginning graduate students as well as interested laymen, the book is well organized, precise, easy to follow, and includes good examples."--Dagfinn Fllesdal, Stanford University and Oslo University
"This is a useful and sympathetic introductory account of the main philosophical views of the late W.V.O. Quine. Its straightforward account of what Quine says and why he says it will be useful to students and others wishing to understand Quine's views."--Gilbert Harman, Princeton University
Preface ix 1 Introduction 1 2. Expressing an ontology 11 The new way of construing existence claims 11 The new logic: a canonical notation 15 The semantic side of ontological commitment 24 Challenging Quine on expressing existence 34 3. Deciding on an ontology 39 Some rival twentieth-century ontologies 39 Opting for an ontology: indispensability arguments 46 Quine's ontology 52 Conflict with Carnap over ontology 61 Inscrutability of reference 67 Challenging Quine: indispensability arguments 71 4. The spectre of a priori knowledge 75 The problem of a priori knowledge 75 Duhemian-Holistic empiricism and the dogma of reductionism 79 The effects of dispensing with the a priori 87 Challenging Quine: naturalism and the a priori 88 5. The nature of logic 95 Analyticity as logical truth 95 Expressing the principles of logic and set theory 100 Are logic and mathematics true by convention? 107 Challenging Quine: a broader conception of logic 114 6. Analyticity and indeterminacy 119 Dispensing with meanings 121 Other attempts to explicate analyticity 127 The indeterminacy conjecture 133 Contrasting indeterminacy and underdetermination 139 Contrasting inscrutability of reference and indeterminacy of meaning 142 Challenging Quine: analyticity and indeterminacy 147 7. Intensional contexts 149 Modal logic 151 The quotation paradigm 152 De dicto and de re modality: quotation and essentialism 155 Challenginq Quine: possible world semantics and the new theory of reference 159 Propositional attitudes 165 Challenging Quine: attitudes without objects 169 8. Nature, know thyself 173 Epistemology naturalized 173 A natural history of reference 178 Challenging Quine on epistemology 185 Bibliography 201 Index 207
This is a useful and sympathetic introductory account of the main philosophical views of the late W.V.O. Quine. Its straightforward account of what Quine says and why he says it will be useful to students and others wishing to understand Quine's views.
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