Word and Object

ISBN-10: 0262518317

ISBN-13: 9780262518314

Edition: 2013

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Willard Van Orman Quine begins this influential work by declaring, "Language isa social art. In acquiring it we have to depend entirely on intersubjectively available cues as towhat to say and when." As Patricia Smith Churchland notes in her foreword to this new edition,with Word and Object Quine challenged the tradition of conceptual analysis as away of advancing knowledge. The book signaled twentieth-century philosophy's turn away frommetaphysics and what Churchland calls the "phony precision" of conceptual analysis. In thecourse of his discussion of meaning and the linguistic mechanisms of objective reference, Quineconsiders the indeterminacy of translation, brings to light the anomalies and conflicts implicit inour language's referential apparatus, clarifies semantic problems connected with the imputation ofexistence, and marshals reasons for admitting or repudiating each of various categories of supposedobjects. In addition to Churchland's foreword, this edition offers a new preface by Quine's studentand colleague Dagfinn Follesdal that describes the never-realized plans for a second edition of Wordand Object, in which Quine would offer a more unified treatment of the public nature of meaning,modalities, and propositional attitudes.
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Patricia S. Churchland is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute. Her books include "Brain-Wise" and "Neurophilosophy". In 1991, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Dagfinn Follesdal is C. I. Lewis Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at StanfordUniversity.

Preface to the New Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Language and Truth
Beginning with Ordinary Things
The Objective Pull; or, E pluribus unum
The Interanimation of Sentences
Ways of Learning Words
Posits and Truth
Translation and Meaning
First Steps of Radical Translation
Stimulation and Stimulus Meaning
Occasion Sentences. Intrusive Information
Observation Sentences
Intrasubjective Synonymy of Occasion Sentences
Synonymy of Terms
Translating Logical Connectives
Synonymous and Analytic Sentences
Analytical Hypotheses
On Failure to Perceive the Indeterminacy
The Ontogenesis of Reference
Words and Qualities
Phonetic Norms
Divided Reference
Demonstratives. Attributives
Relative Terms. Four Phases of Reference
Relative Clauses. Indefinite Singular Terms
Abstract Terms
Vagaries of Reference
Ambiguity of Terms
Some Ambiguities of Syntax
Ambiguity of Scope
Referential Opacity
Opacity and Indefinite Terms
Opacity in Certain Verbs
Aims and Claims of Regimentation
Quantifiers and Other Operators
Variables and Referential Opacity
Time. Confinement of General Terms
Names Reparsed
Conciliatory Remarks. Elimination of Singular Terms
Definition and the Double Life
Flight from Intension
Propositions and Eternal Sentences
Propositions as Meanings
Toward Dispensing with Intensional Objects
Other Objects for the Attitudes
The Double Standard
Dispositions and Conditionals
A Framework for Theory
Ontic Decision
Nominalism and Realism
False Predilections. Ontic Commitment
Entia non grata
Limit Myths
Geometrical Objects
The Ordered Pair as Philosophical Paradigm
Numbers, Mind, and Body
Whither Classes?
Semantic Ascent
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