Holism: A Shopper's Guide

Blackwell (1992)
Abstract
The main question addressed in this book is whether individuation of the contents of thoughts and linguistic expressions is inherently holistic. The authors consider arguments that are alleged to show that the meaning of a scientific hypothesis depends on the entire theory that entails it, or that the content of a concept depends on the entire belief system of which it is part. If these arguments are sound then it would follow that the meanings of words, sentences, hypotheses, predictions, discourses, dialogs, texts, thoughts and the like are merely derivative. The implications of holism about meaning for other philosophical issues will also be explored. Authors discussed include Quine, Davidson, Lewis, Bennett, Block, Field, Churchland, and others. The book is intended for all those interested in language, mind, metaphysics or epistemology.
Keywords Holism  Intentional  Interpretation  Language  Meaning  Radical Translation  Semantics  Davidson, D  Dennett, D  Quine
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Call number B818.F66 1992
ISBN(s) 063118192   0631181938   9780631181934     9780631181934
DOI 10.2307/2219912
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