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Ontological Relativity and Other Essays

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This volume consists of the first of the John Dewey Lectures delivered under the auspices of Columbia University's Philosophy Department as well as other essays by the author. Intended to clarify the meaning of the philosophical doctrines propounded by Professor Quine in 'Word and Objects, ' the essays included herein both support and expand those doctrines.
Paperback, 165 pages
Published November 22nd 1969 by Columbia University Press (first published 1969)
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Erik Cameron
Four stars because it informed my thesis so. Probably not for everyone, but very interesting.
Nov 29, 2011 Tyler rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Math and Language Theory
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Quine’s six essays take a pragmatic epistemological approach to meaning and employ a coherence theory of truth, with some essays emphasizing language and others mathematics. For Quine, a strictly behaviorist analysis of language works best and brings us closest to truth. However, I didn’t see how this explained away ontology or refuted other epistemological theories.

The first essay, on language, was dead boring, taking 20 pages to explain how a child learns a word, and Quine restricts himself t
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"Willard Van Orman Quine (June 25, 1908 Akron, Ohio – December 25, 2000) (known to intimates as "Van"), was an American analytic philosopher and logician. From 1930 until his death 70 years later, Quine was affiliated in some way with Harvard University, first as a student, then as a professor of philosophy and a teacher of mathematics, and finally as an emeritus elder statesman who published or r ...more
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