Confirmation holism and semantic holism

Synthese 109 (1):63-101 (1996)
Fodor and Lepore, in their recent book "Holism," maintain that if an inference from semantic anatomism to semantic holism is allowed, certain fairly deleterious consequences follow. In Section 1 Fodor and Lepore's terminology is construed and amended where necessary with the result that the aforementioned deleterious consequences are neither so apparent nor straightforward as they had suggested. In Section 2 their "Argument A" is considered in some detail. In Section 3 their "argument attributed to Quine" is examined at length and a shorter and more perspicacious argument suggested which avoids their charge that the Quinean argument is guilty of an equivocation on the word 'statement'.
Keywords Confirmation  Holism  Logic  Semantics  Fodor, J  Lepore, E
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W. V. Quine (1992). Pursuit of Truth. Harvard University Press.

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