Quine: A Guide for the Perplexed

Quine: A Guide for the Perplexed

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Continuum's "Guides for the Perplexed" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to fathom, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material. Willard Van Orman Quine is one of the most influential analytic philosophers of the latter half of the twentieth century. His contribution to the study of logic, metaphysics, the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of mind and language can hardly be underestimated. No serious student of modern analytic philosophy can afford to ignore Quine's work, yet there is no doubt that it presents a considerable challenge. "Quine: A Guide for the Perplexed" is the ideal book for anyone who needs to meet that challenge. The book offers clear explication and analysis of Quine's writings and ideas in all those areas of philosophy to which he contributed. Quine's work is set in its intellectual context, illuminating his connections to Russell, Carnap and logical positivism.
Detailed attention is paid to Word and Object, Quine's seminal text, and to his important theories on the nature of truth, knowledge and reality. Above all, this text presents Quine's philosophy as a unified whole, identifying and exploring the themes and approaches common to his seemingly disparate concerns, and showing this to be the key to understanding fully the work of this major modern thinker.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 14.22mm | 248g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0826484875
  • 9780826484871
  • 2,421,055

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Background: Russell, Carnap and Logical Positivism; Chapter 2: The Critique of Convention and Analyticity; Chapter 3: What is Language? Word and Object and The Roots of Reference. Chapter 4: What is Knowledge? 'Epistemology Naturalized'; Chapter 5: Quinean Metaphysics I: What is Real?; Chapter 6: Quinean Metaphysics II: What does it mean to call something 'real'?; Chapter 7: Quine contra Philosophical Analysis: The Case of Belief; Chapter 8: Summary: What is Philosophy?
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About Dr Gary Kemp

Gary Kemp is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.
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