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  1. The Rabbit and the Beetle: An Essay on Quine and Wittgenstein.Charles Joseph Abate - 1986 - Dissertation, Syracuse University
    In the course of my investigation, I examine and compare what is generally understood as "the private language argument" with certain passages in Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations which I take to constitute the skeleton of a private object argument, and I attempt to show how the two arguments are related, and to what extent. Appealing to various passages in the Investigations, I attempt to construct, from Wittgenstein's often cryptic remarks, a more explicitly stated hypothesis about the privacy of objects and their (...)
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  2. Quine's Thesis of Underdetermination and Wittgenstein's Skeptical Paradox: A Parallel.Ashraf Adeel - 1989 - Pakistan Philosophical Journal 26:19-30.
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  3. Evolution of Quine’s Thinking on the Thesis of Underdetermination and Scott Soames’s Accusation of Paradoxicality.M. Ashraf Adeel - 2015 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 5 (1):56-69.
    Scott Soames argues that interpreted in the light of Quine's holistic verificationism, Quine's thesis of underdetermination leads to a contradiction. It is contended here that if we pay proper attention to the evolution of Quine's thinking on the subject, particularly his criterion of theory individuation, Quine's thesis of underdetermination escapes Soames' charge of paradoxicality.
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  4. Duhem, Quine and the Other Dogma.Alexander Afriat - unknown
    With resources hinted at in different ways by both Duhem and Quine, it is argued that some of their misgivings about empirical confirmation, or crucial experiments, may be exaggerated or unfounded; and that such experiments, suitably conceived, can give good meaning to empirical sentences. With appropriate meanings one can then wonder about synonymy and analyticity.
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  5. Ixmann and the Gavagai.Joseph Agassi - 1988 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 19 (1):103-116.
    Dirk Koppelberg is an ambitious new arrival to take notice of. His first book, "Die Aufhebung der analytischen Philosophic: Quine als Synthese von Carnap und Neurath" (Suhrkamp, 1987, pp. 416) is extremely detailed and comprehensive. In succinct 300 pages or so (plus 40 pages of notes and 30 pages of (not too successful) bibliography) he manages to touch on W. V. Quine's diverse concerns, to synthesize them, to relate them to their..
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  6. W.V. Quine.Arif Ahmed - 2008 - In C. J. Misak (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 290-338.
    The paper summarizes the main points of Quine's epistemology and philosophy of language: empiricism, holism, semantic behaviourism, inscrutability of reference, indterminacy of translation and the rejection of analyticity.
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  7. Quine and the Linguistic Doctrine of Logical Truth.Ken Akiba - 1995 - Philosophical Studies 78 (3):237 - 256.
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  8. Paul GOCHET: Ascent to Truth, A Critical Examination of Quine's Philosophy. [REVIEW]Maria Albisu - 1987 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 2 (5):616-622.
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  9. Ascent to Truth: A Critical Examination of Quine's Philosophy.Maria Albisu & Jesús Ezquerro - 1987 - Theoria 2 (2):616-622.
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  10. W. V. Quine: Pursuit of Truth.Francisco Javier Rodríguez Alcázar - 1991 - Revista de filosofía (Chile) 5:229.
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  11. Mr. Quine on Meaning, Naming, and Purporting to Name.Virgil C. Aldrich - 1955 - Philosophical Studies 6 (2):17 - 26.
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  12. Can Theoretical Underdetermination Support the Indeterminacy of Translation? Revisiting Quine's 'Real Ground'.Sophie R. Allen - 2010 - Philosophy 85 (1):67-90.
    It is commonly believed that Quine's principal argument for the Indeterminacy of Translation requires an untenably strong account of the underdetermination of theories by evidence, namely that that two theories may be compatible with all possible evidence for them and yet incompatible with each other. In this article, I argue that Quine's conclusion that translation is indeterminate can be based upon the weaker, uncontroversial conception of theoretical underdetermination, in conjunction with a weak reading of the 'Gavagai' argument which establishes the (...)
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  13. On Quine on Carnap on Ontology.Marc Alspector-Kelly - 2001 - Philosophical Studies 102 (1):93 - 122.
    W. V. Quine assumed that in _Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology Rudolf Carnap was attempting to dodge commitment to abstract entities--without either renouncing quantification over them or demonstrating their dispensability--by wielding the analytic/synthetic distinction against ontological issues. Quine's interpretation of Carnap's intent--and his criticism of it--is widely endorsed. But Carnap objected, I argue, not to abstract entities, but to his critics' suggestion that empiricism implies nominalism. Quine's and Carnap's views are therefore more akin than Quine ever suspected. Unfortunately, Quine's misinterpretation of (...)
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  14. The Ethics and Science of Placebo-Controlled Trials: Assay Sensitivity and the Duhem-Quine Thesis.James A. Anderson - 2006 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 31 (1):65 – 81.
    The principle of clinical equipoise requires that, aside from certain exceptional cases, second generation treatments ought to be tested against standard therapy. In violation of this principle, placebo-controlled trials (PCTs) continue to be used extensively in the development and licensure of second-generation treatments. This practice is typically justified by appeal to methodological arguments that purport to demonstrate that active-controlled trials (ACTs) are methodologically flawed. Foremost among these arguments is the so called assay sensitivity argument. In this paper, I take a (...)
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  15. Trivers-Willard Rules for Sex Allocation.Judith L. Anderson & Charles B. Crawford - 1993 - Human Nature 4 (2):137-174.
    We present a quantitative model of sex allocation to investigate whether the simple “rules of thumb” suggested by Trivers and Willard (1973) would really maximize numbers of grandchildren in human populations. Using demographic data from the !Kung of southern Africa and the basic assumptions of the Trivers-Willard hypothesis, we calculate expected numbers of grandchildren based on age- and sex-specific reproductive value. Patterns of parental investment that would maximize numbers of expected grandchildren often differ from the Trivers-Willard rules. In particular, the (...)
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  16. Extensional Quotients for Type Theory and the Consistency Problem for NF.Gian Aldo Antonelli - 1998 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 63 (1):247-261.
    Quine’s “New Foundations” (NF) was first presented in Quine [1937] and later on in Quine [1963]. Ernst Specker [1958, 1962], building upon a previous result of Ehrenfeucht and Mostowski [1956], showed that NF is consistent if and only if there is a model of the Theory of Negative (and positive) Types (TNT) with full extensionality that admits of a “shifting automorphism,” but the existence of a such a model remains an open problem.
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  17. El dogma de Quine.P. Arango - 2005 - Discusiones Filosóficas 6 (9).
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  18. El efecto de la experiencia sobre la reestructuración de los sistemas de creencias de Quine y Wittgenstein.José María Ariso - 2009 - Logos: Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica 41 (2):239-258.
    Tras describir a grandes rasgos los sistemas de creencias propuestos por Quine y Wittgenstein, en este artículo hago referencia a las similitudes y diferencias que Pieranna Garavaso y Danièle Moyal Sharrock advierten entre ambos sistemas. Partiendo de la crítica de estas interpretaciones, llamaré la atención sobre un aspecto del sistema wittgensteiniano de creencias que, desde mi punto de vista, es de la mayor importancia. Concretamente, me refiero a la posibilidad de revisar incluso las creencias más básicas de este sistema. El (...)
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  19. Where in the (World Wide) Web of Belief is the Law of Non-Contradiction?Jack Arnold & Stewart Shapiro - 2007 - Noûs 41 (2):276–297.
    It is sometimes said that there are two, competing versions of W. V. O. Quine’s unrelenting empiricism, perhaps divided according to temporal periods of his career. According to one, logic is exempt from, or lies outside the scope of, the attack on the analytic-synthetic distinction. This logic-friendly Quine holds that logical truths and, presumably, logical inferences are analytic in the traditional sense. Logical truths are knowable a priori, and, importantly, they are incorrigible, and so immune from revision. The other, radical (...)
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  20. Wittgenstein and Quine.Robert Arrington & Hans-Johann Glock (eds.) - 1996 - Routledge.
    This unique study brings together for the first time two of the most important philosophers of this century. Never before have these two thinkers been compared - and commentators' opinions on their relationship differ greatly. Are the views of Wittgenstein and Quine on method and the nature of philosophy comparable or radically opposed? Does Wittgenstein's concept of language engender that of Quine, or threaten its philosophical foundations? An understanding of the similarities and differences between the thought of Wittgenstein and of (...)
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  21. How to Express Ontological Commitment in the Vernacular.Jamin Asay - 2010 - Philosophia Mathematica 18 (3):293-310.
    According to the familiar Quinean understanding of ontological commitment, (1) one undertakes ontological commitments only via theoretical regimentations, and (2) ontological commitments are to be identified with the domain of a theory’s quantifiers. Jody Azzouni accepts (1), but rejects (2). Azzouni accepts (1) because he believes that no vernacular expression carries ontological commitments. He rejects (2) by locating a theory’s commitments with the extension of an existence predicate. I argue that Azzouni’s two theses undermine each other. If ontological commitments follow (...)
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  22. Aboutness, Fiction, and Quantifying Into Intentional Contexts: A Linguistic Analysis of Prior, Quine, and Searle on Propositional Attitudes, Martinich on Fictional Reference, Taglicht on The..Jay David Atlas - unknown
    A Linguistic Analysis of Prior, Quine, and Searle on Propositional Attitudes, Martinich on Fictional Reference, Taglicht on the Active/Passive Mood Distinction in English, etc.
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  23. Root on Quine.Bruce Aune - 1977 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 2 (1):240-243.
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  24. Quine on Translation and Reference.Bruce Aune - 1975 - Philosophical Studies 27 (4):221 - 236.
  25. Tarski, Quine, and the Transcendence of the Vernacular “True”.Jody Azzouni - 2004 - Synthese 142 (3):273 - 288.
    It is argued that the blind ascriptive role for the word true, its use, that is, in conjunction with descriptions of classes of sentences or with proper names of sentences (but not quote-names), is one which applies indiscriminately to sentences regardless of whether these are in languages we speak, can understand, or can translate into sentences that we do speak (and understand). Formal analogues of the ordinary word true as they arise in Tarskis seminal work, and in others, cannot replicate (...)
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  26. Tarski, Quine, and the Transcendence of the Vernacular?True?Jody Azzouni - 2004 - Synthese 142 (3):273-288.
    It is argued that the blind ascriptive role for the word "true", its use, that is, in conjunction with descriptions of classes of sentences or with proper names of sentences, is one which applies indiscriminately to sentences regardless of whether these are in languages we speak, can understand, or can translate into sentences that we do speak. Formal analogues of the ordinary word "true" as they arise in Tarski's seminal work, and in others, cannot replicate this essential role of the (...)
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  27. On "on What There Is".Jody Azzouni - 1998 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 79 (1):1–18.
    All sides in the recent debates over the Quine‐Putnam Indispensability thesis presuppose Quine's criterion for determining what a discourse is ontologically committed to. I subject the criterion to scrutiny, especially in regard to the available competitor‐criteria, asking what means of evaluation there are for comparing alternative criteria against each other. Finding none, the paper concludes that ontological questions, in a certain sense, are philosophically indeterminate.
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  28. Applied Mathematics, Existential Commitment and the Quine-Putnam Indispensability Thesis.Jody Azzouni - 1997 - Philosophia Mathematica 5 (3):193-209.
    The ramifications are explored of taking physical theories to commit their advocates only to ‘physically real’ entities, where ‘physically real’ means ‘causally efficacious’ (e.g., actual particles moving through space, such as dust motes), the ‘physically significant’ (e.g., centers of mass), and the merely mathematical—despite the fact that, in ordinary physical theory, all three sorts of posits are quantified over. It's argued that when such theories are regimented, existential quantification, even when interpreted ‘objectually’ (that is, in terms of satisfaction via variables, (...)
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  29. Quine on Translation and Meaning.James Baillie - 1996 - Cogito 10 (3):199-204.
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  30. Some Remarks on Quine's Arguments Against Modal Logic.John Robert Baker - 1978 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 19 (4):663-673.
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  31. On Quine's Arguments Concerning Analyticity.Shaun Baker - 2004 - Sorites 15:56-66.
    In a detailed examination of Quine's Two Dogmas of Empiricism, I argue that Quine fails to make the case that there are no analytical truths in ordinary language. Drawing on admissions he makes with regard to definitions and languages' relationship to pragmatic considerations, and an examination of his arguments concerning the interdefinability of the terms `synonymous', and `analytic', I argue that analytic truths exist as deducible consequences of the various uses to which language or sub-languages are put.
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  32. Clarity and Certainity: An Introduction to Quine's Semantics.S. W. Bakhle - 1993 - Datsons.
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  33. Duhem, Quine, and the Multiplicity of Scientific Tests.Yuri Balashov - 1994 - Philosophy of Science 61 (4):608-628.
    Duhem's and Quine's holistic theses, when properly understood, allow methodologically responsible ways of resolving a conflict between a theoretical system and experience; they only deny the possibility of doing it in an epistemically persuasive way. By developing a "string" model of scientific tests I argue that the pattern of interaction between the elements of a theoretical system arising in response to multiple adverse data can be helpful in locating a "weak spot" in it. Combining this model with anti-holistic arguments of (...)
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  34. Scepticism: The External World and Meaning.Dorit Bar-On - 1990 - Philosophical Studies 60 (3):207 - 231.
    In this paper, I compare and contrast two kinds of scepticism, Cartesian scepticism about the external world and Quinean scepticism about meaning. I expose Quine's metaphysical claim that there are no facts of the matter about meaning as a sceptical response to a sceptical problem regarding the possibility of our knowledge of meanings. I argue that this sceptical response is overkill; for the sceptical problem about our knowledge of meanings may receive a treatment similar to the naturalistic treatment Quine himself (...)
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  35. Quine.Dorit Bar-On - 1990 - International Studies in Philosophy 22 (3):117-118.
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  36. Quine, Synonymy and Logical Truth.Robert Barrett - 1965 - Philosophy of Science 32 (3/4):361-367.
    W. V. O. Quine's well-known attack upon the analytic-synthetic distinction is held to affect only one of the two species of analytic statements he distinguishes. In particular it is not directed at and does not affect the so-called logical truths. In this paper the scope of Quine's attack is extended so as to embrace the logical truths as well. It is shown that the unclarifiability of the notion of 'synonymy' deprives us not only of "analytic statements that are obtainable from (...)
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  37. Quine's Quine. [REVIEW]Robert B. Barrett - 1987 - Behavior and Philosophy 15 (1):57.
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  38. Quine's Conjecture on Many-Sorted Logic.Thomas William Barrett & Hans Halvorson - unknown
    In this paper we settle a conjecture suggested by Quine. Our theorem makes precise the relationship between many-sorted logic and single-sorted logic and yields a remark about a criterion for theoretical equivalence proposed by Glymour.
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  39. George Romanos, "Quine and Analytic Philosophy". [REVIEW]William L. Barthelemy - 1986 - Dialogue 25 (3):576.
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  40. Quine and Analytic Philosophy George Romanos Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1983. Pp. Xvii, 227. $17.00, $7.50 Paper.William L. Barthelemy - 1986 - Dialogue 25 (03):576-.
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  41. Aussersein des reinen Gegenstandes – ein Berührungspunkt zwischen Meinong und Quine.Wolfgang Barz - 2008 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 62 (3):358-384.
    Zusammenfassung. Im ersten Teil meines Aufsatzes versuche ich zu zeigen, dass Meinongs Satz vom Aussersein des reinen Gegenstandes auf Quines These hinausläuft, dass Variablen, die im Einflussbereich eines intentionalen Verbs liegen, nicht durch Quantoren gebunden werden können, die sich außerhalb dieses Bereichs befinden. Im zweiten Teil diskutiere ich eine Schwierigkeit für meine Interpretation: Meinong hält – im Gegensatz zu Quine – an der Idee fest, dass intentionale Zustände Relationen zwischen Personen und Gegenständen sind. Hätte Meinong diese Idee nicht fallenlassen müssen, (...)
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  42. Quine on Logical Truth.Dilip Kumar Basu - 1971 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 9 (4):341-343.
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  43. Quine's Pragmatic Solution to Sceptical Doubts.Benjamin Bayer - 2010 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (2):177-204.
    In this paper I examine a series of criticisms that have been levelled against Quine's naturalized epistemology, regarding its response to the problem of scepticism. Barry Stroud and Michael Williams, assuming that Quine wishes to refute scepticism, argue that Quine not only fails to undertake this refutation, but is also committed to theses (such as the inscrutability of reference and the underdetermination of theory by evidence) which imply versions of scepticism of their own. In Quine's defence, Roger Gibson argues that (...)
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  44. How Not to Refute Quine: Evaluating Kim's Alternatives to Naturalized Epistemology.Benjamin Bayer - 2007 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 45 (4):473-495.
    This paper offers an interpretation of Quine’s naturalized epistemology through the lens of Jaegwon Kim’s influential critique of the same. Kim argues that Quine forces a false choice between traditional deductivist foundationalism and naturalized epistemology and contends that there are viable alternative epistemological projects. However it is suggested that Quine would reject these alternatives by reference to the same fundamental principles (underdetermination, indeterminacy of translation, extensionalism) that led him to reject traditional epistemology and propose naturalism as an alternative. Given this (...)
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  45. Indeterminacy and Underdetermination: Are Quine's Two Theses Consistent?P. William Bechtel - 1980 - Philosophical Studies 38 (3):309 - 320.
  46. Indeterminacy and Intentionality: Quine's Purported Elimination of Propositions.P. William Bechtel - 1978 - Journal of Philosophy 75 (November):649-661.
  47. The Themes of Quine's Philosophy: Meaning, Reference, and Knowledge.Edward Becker - 2012 - Cambridge University Press.
    Willard Van Orman Quine's work revolutionized the fields of epistemology, semantics and ontology. At the heart of his philosophy are several interconnected doctrines: his rejection of conventionalism and of the linguistic doctrine of logical and mathematical truth, his rejection of the analytic/synthetic distinction, his thesis of the indeterminacy of translation and his thesis of the inscrutability of reference. In this book Edward Becker sets out to interpret and explain these doctrines. He offers detailed analyses of the relevant texts, discusses Quine's (...)
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  48. Pure Reference: Linsky's Criticisms of Quine.Edward Becker - 1975 - Philosophia 5 (4):477-488.
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  49. W. V. Quine, "The Roots of Reference". [REVIEW]Edward F. Becker - 1976 - Theory and Decision 7 (3):235.
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  50. Understanding Quine's Famous `Statement'.K. Becker - 2001 - Erkenntnis 55 (1):73-84.
    I argue that Quine''s famous claim, any statement can be held true come what may, demands an interpretation that implies that the meanings of the expressions in the held-true statement change. The intended interpretation of this claim is not clear from its context, and so it is often misunderstood by philosophers (and is misleadingly taught to their students). I explain Fodor and Lepore''s (1992) view that the above interpretation would render Quine''s assertion entirely trivial and reply, on both textual and (...)
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