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Word and Object
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Willard Van Orman Quine begins this influential work by declaring, "Language is a social art. In acquiring it we have to depend entirely on intersubjectively available cues as to what to say and when." As Patricia Smith Churchland notes in her foreword to this new edition, with Word and Object Quine challenged the tradition of conceptual analysis as a way of advancing knowledge. Expand
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The two dogmas of empiricism
Modern empiricism has been conditioned in large part by two dogmas. One is a belief in some fundamental cleavage between truths which are analytic, or grounded in meanings independently of matters ofExpand
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From a Logical Point of View
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This paper is more dependent upon an out-and-out intolerance of abstract entities than it is upon a out-a.nd- out intolerance of nonconstructive proof. Expand
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Ontological Relativity and Other Essays
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The Problem of Simplifying Truth Functions
(1952). The Problem of Simplifying Truth Functions. The American Mathematical Monthly: Vol. 59, No. 8, pp. 521-531.
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On What There Is
In this paper I begin by considering some remarks of Professor W. V. Quine’s on what he calls ‘the ontological problem’.1 Professor Quine holds that from the fact that a sign has meaning it does not,Expand
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Main trends in recent philosophy: two dogmas of empiricism.
M ODERN empiricism has been conditioned in large part by two dogmas. One is a belief in some fundamental cleavage between truths which are analytic, or grounded in meanings independently of mattersExpand
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The Roots of Reference
"Our only channel of information about the world is the impact of external forces on our sensory surfaces. So says science itself. There is no clairvoyance. How, then, can we have parlayed thisExpand
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A Way to Simplify Truth Functions
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Theories and Things
Here are the most recent writings, some of them unpublished, of the preeminent philosopher of our time. Philosophical reflections on language are brought to bear upon metaphysical and epistemologicalExpand
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