Departmental Boundaries within the Corporate Body of Theory

Dialogue 45 (3):505-528 (2006)
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ABSTRACT: This article argues that Quine’s holistic and naturalized semantics provides an inadequate account of the foundations of logical expressions and misrepresents the internal structure of theories. By considering a Quinean model of theoretical revision, I identify the status and foundation holism provides to the propositions of logic. I contend that a central tenet of Quinean holism-the Revisability Doctrine-cannot be held consistently, and that the inconsistencies surrounding it mark a series of pervasive errors within naturalized holism. In response, I propose that semantic theories must reflect the different linguistic functions of different types of expressions and the specific relationships that individual concepts within a theory or language have to one another.RÉSUMÉ: Cet article soutient que la sémantique holiste et naturalisée de Quine est inadéquate pour rendre compte des fondements des expressions logiques et qu’elle donne une mauvaise représentation de la structure interne des théories. L’examen d’un modèle quinéen de révision théorique me permet d’identifier le statut et le fondement donnés par l’holisme aux propositions de la logique. J’avance qu’une pièce maîtresse de l’holisme de Quine -- la doctrine de la révisabilité -- ne peut être soutenue de manière cohérente; les incohérences qui l’accompagnent sont le signe d’une série d’erreurs propres à l’ensemble de l’holisme naturalisé. En réaction, je propose que les théories sémantiques doivent refléter les différentes fonctions linguistiques de différents types déexpressions ainsi que les relations spécifiques qu’entretiennent entre eux les concepts individuels d’une theorie ou d’un langage.
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