From a Logical Point of View : Nine Logico-Philosophical Essays, Second Revised Edition
These nine essays are largely concerned with the theory of meaning and references-semantics. At the same time adjacent portions of philosophy and logic are discussed. To the existence of what objects may a given scientific theory be said to be committed? And what considerations may suitably guide us in accepting or revising such ontological commitments? These are among the questions dealt with in this book, particular attention being devoted to the role of abstract entities in mathematics. There is speculation on the mechanism whereby objects of one sort or another come to be posited, a process in which the notion of identity plays an important part.
- Paperback | 200 pages
- 140 x 229 x 13.72mm | 231g
- 15 May 1980
- HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge, Mass, United States
- 3rd Revised edition
Back cover copy
Several of these essays have been printed whole in journals; others are in varying degrees new. Two main themes run through them. One is the problem of meaning, particularly as involved in the notion of an analytic statement. The other is the notion of ontological, commitment, particularly as involved in the problem of universals.
Table of contents
I. On what there is II. Two dogmas of empiricism III. The problem of meaning in linguistics IV. Identity, ostension, and hypostasis V. New foundations for mathematical logic VI. Logic and the reification of universals VII. Notes on the theory of reference VIII. Reference and modality IX. Meaning and existential inference Origins of the essays Bibliographical references Index
This volume of essays has a unity and bears throughout the imprint of Quine's powerful and original mind. It is written with the felicity in the choice of words which makes everything that Quine writes a pleasure to read, and which ranks him among the best contemporary writers on abstract subjects. Cambridge Review Professor Quine's challenging and original views are here for the first time presented as a unity. The chief merit of the book is the heart-searching from which it arose and to which it will give rise. In vigour, conciseness, and clarity, it is characteristic of its author. Oxford Magazine
About Willard Van Orman 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.