On How to Avoid the Indeterminacy of Translation

Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (3):395-413 (2005)
Abstract
Quine’s thesis of the indeterminacy of translation has puzzled the philosophical community for several decades. It is unquestionably among the best known and most disputed theses in contemporary philosophy. Quine’s classical argument for the indeterminacy thesis, in his seminal work Word and Object, has even been described by Putnam as “what may well be the most fascinating and the most discussed philosophical argument since Kant’s Transcendental Deduction of the Categories” (Putnam, 1975a: p. 159).
Keywords Quine  Indeterminacy of translation  Meaning skepticism  Externalism
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DOI 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2005.tb01960.x
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Ontological Relativity and Other Essays.W. V. Quine - 1969 - Columbia University Press.
Word and Object.W. V. Quine - 1960 - MIT Press.
Philosophy of Logic.W. V. Quine - 1986 - Harvard University Press.
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