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Here are the most recent writings, some of them unpublished, of the preeminent philosopher of our time.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 epistemological questions such as these: What does it mean to assume objects, concrete and abstract? How do such assumptions serve science? What is the empirical content of a scientific theory? Further essays deal with meaning, moral values, analytical philosophy and its history, metaphor, the nature of mathematics; several are concerned with logic; and there are essays on individual philosophers. The volume concludes with some general reflections on the contemporary scene and two playful pieces on the Times Atlas and H. L. Mencken. Quine is always, whatever his subject, an elegant writer, witty, precise, and forceful. Admirers of his earlier books will welcome this new volume.
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Things and Their Place in Theories
What Price Bivalence?
On the Very Idea of a Third Dogma
Use and Its Place in Meaning
On the Nature of Moral Values
Five Milestones of Empiricism
Russells Ontological Development
Lewis Carrolls Logic
Success and Limits of Mathematization
On the Limits of Decision
Predicates Terms and Classes
Postscript on Metaphor
Has Philosophy Lost Contact with People?
On Austins Method
Smarts Philosophy and Scientific Realism
Goodmans Ways of Worldmaking
On the Individuation of Attributes
Grades of Discriminability
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abstract atomic axiom of choice belief bivalence bodies called Carroll Carroll's cognitive equivalence concepts constituent quantifications context continuum hypothesis contrast copula defined dicto difference discriminability empirical essay example expression external fact Fido functor Godel grammatical particles individuation jects language linguistic logical atomism mathematics matter meaning metaphor milk modal logic molecules monadic formula moral values natural notation notion number of planets observation sentences occasion sentences ontology open sentence paradox philosophy phrase physical objects physical theory place-times possible worlds predicate letters problem proof procedure propositional functions quantification theory question recognize reference reinterpretation relation relative clause Reprinted Russell Russell's scientific theory semantics sense data sensory receptors set theory simple singular term sort standing sentences stimulation syllogism synonymy tences theorem theory formulations things tion tive true truth functions truth table truth values ultimate classes vague verb Word and Object