A Companion to W.V.O. Quine

2015.05.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gilbert Harman and Ernie LePore (eds.), A Companion to W.V.O. Quine, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, 581pp., $195.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.05.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gilbert Harman and Ernie LePore (eds.), A Companion to W.V.O. Quine, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, 581pp., $195.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780470672105. Reviewed by Richard Woodward, Emmy Noether Research Group, University of Hamburg Few figures can be claimed to have had a greater impact on post-war analytic philosophy than W.V.O. Quine. His influence on contemporary philosophy, and the consequent familiarity of his thinking, often belies the radical and revolutionary nature of his work. Like any revolutionary, Quine had destructive intentions, as is reflected in his rejection (whatever that rejection amounts to) of concepts and notions that were, and continue to be, central to philosophy as traditionally conceived. But though Quine poured doubt and scorn on such things as meaning, necessity, and apriority, his destructive intentions are best articulated and understood in positive terms. For revolutions have a positive. . .

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