Pursuit of Truth
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By (author) W. V. Quine
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Pursuit of Truth by W. V. Quine
Book DescriptionIn "Pursuit of Truth" W. V. Quine gives us his latest word on issues to which he has devoted many years. As he says in the preface: "In these pages I have undertaken to update, sum up, and clarify my variously intersecting views on cognitive meaning, objective reference, and the grounds of knowledge?'The pursuit of truth is a quest that links observation, theory, and the world. Various faulty efforts to forge such links have led to much intellectual confusion. Quine's efforts to get beyond the confusion begin by rejecting the very idea of binding together word and thing, rejecting the focus on the isolated word. For him, observation sentences and theoretical sentences are the alpha and omega ofthe scientific enterprise. Notions like "idea" and "meaning" are vague, but a sentence-now there's something you can sink your teeth into.Starting thus with sentences, Quine sketches an epistemological setting for the pursuit of truth. He proceeds to show how reification and reference contribute to the elaborate structure that can indeed relate science to its sensory evidence.In this book Quine both summarizes and moves ahead. Rich, lively chapters dissect his major concerns-evidence, reference, meaning, intension, and truth. "Some points;' he writes, "have become clearer in my mind in the eight years since "Theories and Things." Some that were already clear in my mind have become clearer on paper. And there are some that have meanwhile undergone substantive change for the better." This is a key book for understanding the effort that a major philosopher has made a large part of his life's work: to naturalize epistemology in the twentieth century. The book is concise and elegantly written, as one would expect, and does not assume the reader's previous acquaintance with Quine's writings. Throughout, it is marked by Quine's wit and economy of style.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674739512
(210mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1992
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author W. V. Quine
Confessions of a Confirmed Extensionalist and Other Essays, Hardback (October 2008)
Collects the main essays from this last, productive period of the author's career. This title also includes some notable earlier essays which contain discussions and are quite often referred to by other philosophers. It offers a defined picture of one of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers working at the height of his powers.
Quine in Dialogue, Hardback (October 2008)
Over the course of his life, W V Quine, one of the 20th century's great philosophers, engaged and inspired, interviewed and critiqued countless scholars, critics, and students. This title presents number of interviews Quine gave about his perspectives on 20th-century logic, science and philosophy, the ideas of others, and philosophy generally.
Quintessence, Paperback (May 2008)
Influenced by Russell and especially by Carnap, Willard Van Orman Quine (1908-2000) emerged as an important proponent of analytic philosophy during the second half of the century. His work includes "Word and Object" and "Two Dogmas of Empiricism". This volume collects Quine's essays and offers readers an introduction to his general philosophy.
From Stimulus to Science, Paperback (February 1998)» View all books by W. V. Quine
This text encapsulates the whole of the author's philosophical enterprise, including his thinking on the components of his epistemological stance - especially the value of logic and mathematics.
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Author Biography - W. V. Quine
W. V. Quine was Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University. He wrote twenty-one books, thirteen of them published by Harvard University Press.
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