The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has just published a new entry, written by Peter Hylton (University of Illinois-Chicago), on W.V.O. Quine. We thought some of you would like to know. To access the entry, please click here. Below is the introduction, followed by links to the various sections of the entry.
Willard Van Orman Quine (1908–2000) worked in theoretical philosophy and in logic. (In practical philosophy, ethics and political philosophy, his contributions are negligible.) He is perhaps best known for his arguments against Logical Empiricism (in particular, its use of the analytic-synthetic distinction). This argument, however, should be seen as part of a comprehensive world-view which makes no sharp distinction between philosophy and empirical science and thus requires a wholesale reorientation of the subject.
- 1. Quine’s life and work
- 2. Quine’s Naturalism and its Implications
- 3. The Analytic-Synthetic Distinction and the Argument Against Logical Empiricism
- 4. Quinean Epistemology
- 5. Metaphysics Naturalized
- 6. Underdetermination of Theory by Evidence; Indeterminacy of Translation
- 7. Quine’s place in the history of philosophy
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