ISBN: 978-0-745-66725-6 April 2013 Polity 240 Pages
Hookway traces the development of Quine's work from his early criticisms of logical positivism and empiricism to his more recent theories about mind and meaning. He gives particular attention to Quine's controversial arguments concerning the indeterminacy of translation, comparing Quine's views with those of Davidson, Putnam and others. Hookway concludes by offering a critical appraisal of Quine's approach and of some of his fundamental philosophical commitments.
This lucid and balanced study will be essential reading for students of philosophy. It will also be invaluable for students in the social sciences and other disciplines who are looking for a clear introduction to Quine's ideas.
Table of contents
Part I: The Evolution of Empiricism.
1. Language and the World.
2. Rules and Rationality.
3. Naturalism, Realism and Pragmatism.
Part II: Logic and Reality.
4. Physicalism and Objectivity.
5. Logic: Canonical Notation and Extensionality.
7. Necessity: Logic and Metaphysics.
Part III: Mind and Meaning.
8. Indeterminacy of Translation.
9. Translation and Explanation.
10. Holism, Interpretation and the Autonomy of Psychology.
Part IV: Knowledge and Reality.
11. Nature and Experience.
12. Physicalism and Reality.