Synopses & Reviews
W.V. Quine and Donald Davidson are among the leading thinkers of the twentieth century. Their influence on contemporary philosophy is second to none, and their impact in disciplines such as linguistics and psychology is strongly felt. Questioning some of their basic assumptions, this text includes interesting comparisons of Quine and Davidson with other philosophers, particularly Wittgenstein. The text also offers detailed accounts of central issues in contemporary analytic philosophy.
"...this book is the first to examine the work of both Quine and Davidson together and to explore the connections between them. That in itself makes this work a welcome addition to the sizeable pile of literature already devoted to each of these two...Glock's exposition of these often complicated and technical issues is lucid and accurate. He manages to balance the demands of providing clear exposition with critical engagement in a way which ensures that this book will be of benefit to those who are seeking a better understanding of its two protagonists." Metapsychology"...this really is an excellent source-book of both key-theses and important criticisms." Philosophy in Review
Includes bibliographical references (p. 294-300) and index.
The influence of Quine and Davidson on contemporary philosophy is second to none, and their impact is also strongly felt in disciplines such as linguistics and psychology. This is the first book devoted to both of them, but also the first to question some of their basic assumptions.
This book is devoted to Quine and Davidson.
About the Author
Hans-Johann Glock is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Reading. He is the author of A Wittgenstein Dictionary (1996) which has been translated into German, French, Portuguese and Polish.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Logical pragmatism; 2. Ontology; 3. Analyticity, apriority and necessity; 4. Truth; 5. Meaning and truth; 6. Radical translation and radical interpretation; 7. Indeterminacies; 8. Meaning and understanding; 9. Thought and language.