MEANING AS HYPOTHESIS: QUINE’S INDETERMINACY THESIS REVISITED

Dialogue: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. 49 (3):395-411 (2010)
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Abstract

Despite offering many formulations of his controversial indeterminacy of translation thesis, Quine has never explored in detail the connection between indeterminacy and the conception of meaning that he supposedly derived from the work of Peirce and Duhem. The outline of such a conception of meaning, as well as its relationship to the indeterminacy thesis, is worked out in this paper; and its merits and implications are assessed both in the context of Quine’s own philosophical agenda, and also with a view to a very different approach to meaning and understanding exemplified by the work of Gadamer.

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Serge Grigoriev
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