W. V. Quine
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Series: Philosophy Now
Author(s): Alex Orenstein  
ISBN: 1902683315
ISBN-13: 9781902683317
Publication Date: 30/06/2002
Pages: 224 (216 x 138mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £16.99
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The most influential philosopher in the analytic tradition of his time, Willard Van Orman Quine (1908–2000) changed the way we think about language and its relation to the world. His rejection of the analytic/synthetic distinction, his scepticism about modal logic and essentialism, his celebrated theme of the indeterminacy of translation, and his advocacy of naturalism have challenged key assumptions of the prevailing orthodoxy and helped shape the development of much of recent philosophy.

This introduction to Quine's philosophical ideas provides philosophers, students and generalists with an authoritative analysis of his lasting contributions to philosophy. Quine's ideas throughout are contrasted with more traditional views, as well as with contemporaries such as Frege, Russell, Carnap, Davidson, Field, Kripke and Chomsky, enabling the reader to grasp a clear sense of the place of Quine's views in twentieth-century philosophy and the important criticisms of them.


"A valuable contribution to the literature, a book that will be useful to students, and helpful to their teachers too in providing a clear exposition of how the different themes in Quine's writings hang together, and in taking account of the development of his views, including the twists that emerged only in his last decade." – Philosophical Quarterly

"An outstanding account of Quine's thought." – A. C. Grayling, Birkbeck College, University of London

"A good textbook but also a contribution to Quine scholarship. Written at a suitable level [to] all philosophy majors and beginning graduate students, the book is well organised, precise, easy to follow and includes good examples." – Dagfinn Follesdal, Oslo University

Alex Orenstein is Professor of Philosophy at Queens College, and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

1. Introduction
2. Expressing an ontology
3. Deciding an ontology
4. The spectre of a priori knowledge
5. The nature of logic
6. Analyticity and indeterminacy
7. Intensional contexts
8. Nature, know thyself

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