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Books / Dedicated Journals on W. V. Quine (begun by Roger Gibson)

  • 1969: Words and Objections: Essays on the Work of W. V. Quine (published by D. Reidel), eds. D. Davidson and J. Hintikka. Published to commemorate Quine's 60th birthday, this volume contains essays by prominent philosophers and Quine's responses. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1975: Can Theories be Refuted?: Essays on the Duhem-Quine Thesis (Synthese Library) (Volume 81) by Sandra Harding Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1975: Knowledge and Reality: A Comparative Study of Quine & Some Buddist Logicians (published by Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi). Kaisa Puhakka. ISBN 0842608088

  • 1975: Mind and Language: Wolfson College Lectures (published by Oxford), ed. S. Guttenplan. This volume contains two important articles by Quine: The nature of natural knowledge" and "Mind and verbal disposition. in Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1977: Willard Van Orman Quine (published by Twayne Publishers, G. K. Hall, Boston), Alex Orenstein. A rather oblique survey and exposition of Quine's major doctrines. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1977: American Philosophy from Edwards to Quine (published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman), eds. Robert W. Shahan and Kenneth R. Merrill. Six papers presented at the Sixth annual Oklahoma Conference on Phiolosophy held at the University of Oklahoma, March 31 to April 3, 1976. Includes Facts of the Matter by W. V. Quine. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1979: Essays on the Philosophy of W. V. Quine (published by Oklahoma), eds. R. Shahan and C. Swoyer. A collection of essays on Quine written by prominent philosophers. This volume contains Quine's Facts of the matter. in Quine's replies to these essays are published together in the journal PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS, vol. 12, no. 1. [formerly The Southwestern Journal of Philosophy] Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1982: The Philosophy of W. V. Quine: An Expository Essay (published by Florida), R. Gibson; paperback 1986. A systematic exposition of Quine's philosophy and defense of Quine's views on language. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1982: Willard Van Orman Quine (published by Verlag C. H. Beck, Munchen), Henri Lauener (German). ISBN 3406085032

  • 1983: Quine en Perspective, P. Gochet (French).

  • 1983: Quine and Analytic Philosophy: The Language of Language (Bradford Books) (published by MIT), by George D. Romanos. Attempts to assess Quine's impact on analytic philosophy. Relies heavily on R. Rorty's The Linguistic Turn and Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature . Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1984: Quine On Ontology, Necessity, and Experience, I. Dilman. A rabid, Wittgenian inspired attack on Quine's doctrines found in his book From a Logical Point of View. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1986: Ascent to Truth: A Critical Examination of Quine's Philosophy, P. Gochet. A helpful, if somewhat disjointed, presentation and critique of the major theses and doctrines of Quine's philosophy. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1986: Beyond Analytic Philosophy (published by MIT), H. Wang. A critique of analytic empiricists' [Russell, Carnap, Quine] accounts of mathematics. Wang's fourth chapter "Quine's Logical Negativism" is worth reading. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1986: Willard van Orman Quine: A bibliographic guide (Pubblicazioni della facolta di lettere e filosofia dell'universita... by Rita Bruschi Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • [Philosophy of W. V. Quine book cover]1986; revised 1998: The Philosophy of W. V. Quine (Open Court), eds., L. Hahn and P. Schilpp. A very important collection of essays on Quine and his responses. For over 30 years, Willard Van Orman Quine has been a dominant figure in logical theory and philosophy of logic. His innovations in notions and techniques have been momentous, and his clear, elegant expositions have set new standards. In addition to his technical work in logic, he has stirred up hornets' nests in methodology, theory of language, epistemology, and ontology. His distinctive brand of pragmatic naturalism has helped blur the boundaries between speculative metaphysics and natural science, and provoked fruitful debates on such topics as the analytic-synthetic dichotomy, synonymy and its explication, meaning holism and the underdetermination of theory by particular experiences, the inscrutability of reference, and indeterminacy of translation..... Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1986: Translation Determined (published by Oxford), Robert Kirk. An in-depth analysis of Quine's reasoning regarding indeterminacy of translation. Kirk argues that the indeterminacy thesis is false, but its rejection leaves the bulk of Quine's system intact./ Hardcover Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1986: Willard van Orman Quine: A Bibliographic Guide. Rita Bruschi (Florence: La Nuova Italia Editrice. 199p.) Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com Includes a primary bibliography of 281 publications by Quine (books, articles, reviews, introductions to books by others, etc.) from 1930 to 1984, followed by a secondary bibliography of 902 publications about Quine from 1939 through 1983. Both sections are organized chronologically. The secondary bibliography is selectively annotated. There are three indexes: subjects, “thinkers connected to Quine,” and authors. Despite the work’s European origin, the majority of entries represent English-language publications, as might be predicted from Quine’s status as a leading Anglo-American philosopher. says Philosophy: A Guide to the Reference Literature, 3rd edition by Hans E. Bynagle, 2006 (Libraries Unlimited, Westport, CT) Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1987: Die Aufhebung der Analytischen Philosophie--Quine Als Synthese Von Carnap und Neurath, D. Koppelberg. Quine gives this book high praise.

  • 1988: Convention, Translation, and Understanding: Philosophical Problems in the Comparative Study of Culture (SUNY) R. Feleppa. Applies Quine's thought to problems of cultural anthropology. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1988: Enlightened Empiricism: An Examination of W. V. Quine's Theory of Knowledge (published by Florida), Roger Gibson. A response to a number of Quine's critics. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1988. Quine: Language, Experience And Reality (Key Contemporary Thinkers, Stanford University Press, Stanford) by Christopher Hookway. A well written and eminently readable introduction to the systematic philosophy of Quine. Information about hardcover edition

  • 1989: Fact and Meaning: Quine and Wittgenstein on Philosophy of Language (Philosophical Theory) by Jane Heal Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1990. Nominalism and Contemporary Nominalism: Ontological and Epistemological Implications of the Work of W.V.O. Quine and of N. Goodman by Mia Gosselin / Hardcover Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1990: The Metaphysics of Meaning (published by MIT), J. Katz. See chapter five, "Quine's Arguments Against Intensionalist Semantics." Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1993: Perspectives on Quine (Philosophers and Their Critics) (Blackwell), eds. Robert Barrett and Roger Gibson. An important collection of essays on Quine with Quine's replies. / Paperback Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1994: Inquiry, vol. 37, no. 4. December 1994. A special edition of the journal containing eight essays on Quine and his responses.

  • 1994. On Quine: New Essays (published by Cambridge) by Paolo Leonardi (Editor), Marco Santambrogio (Editor) A collection of essays read at San Marino in May, 1990. Includes a chapter containing Quine's reactions. / Hardcover Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1994. Philosophical Problems Today (Vol 1) by W.V. Quine, et al / Hardcover Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1994. The American Philosopher: Conversations With Quine, Davidson, Putnam, Nozick, Danto, Rorty, Cavell, MacIntyre, and Kuhn by Giovanna Borradori, Rosanna Crocitto (Translator) / Paperback Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1996. Decline and Obsolescence of Logical Empiricism : Carnap vs. Quine and the Critics (Science and Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: Basic Works of Logical Empiricism) by Sahotra Sarkar, published by Routledge Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1996. Wittgenstein and Quine (published by Routledge), by Robert L. Arrington (Editor), Hans-Johann Glock (Editor) Contains eleven essays comparing and contrasting Wittgenstein and Quine. Hardcover Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com and Kindle Edition from Amazon.com

  • 1997: Revue Internationale de Philosophie 51, N. 202, 4/1997 (Decembre), issue dedicated to Quine with 7 essays by J. Hintikka, J.J.C. Smart, S. Haak, A. Orenstein, H. Lewis and D. Holdcroft, S. Laugier, M. Launer. Quine has written responses to each of the essays.

  • 1997. A History of Western Philosophy: The Twentieth Century to Quine and Derrida Vol V by W. T. Jones, Robert J. Fogelin / Paperback Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1997. Knowledge, Belief, and Witchcraft: Analytic Experiments in African Philosophy by Barry Hallen and J. Olubi Sodipo, with a Foreword by W.V.O. Quine, published by Stanford University Press. Author's note: a book about African Philosophy and the relevance of Quine's work on translation to it. It has had profound consequences for the development of philosophy in the African context. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1998. The Philosophy of W. V. Quine (Library of Living Philosophers, Vol 18) -- Paperback (expanded edition) by Lewis Edwin Hahn (Editor), et al Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 1999. Craig's Theorem and the Empirical Underdetermination Thesis Reassessed by Christian List in Disputatio 7 (November 1999) -- downloadable from http://disputatio.tripod.com/articles/art72.html

  • 1999. Knowledge, Language and Logic: Questions For Quine (Boston Studies In The Philosophy Of Science) Alex Orenstein, Petr Kotatko (editors) - Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com Quine is one of the twentieth century's most important and influential philosophers. The essays in this collection are by some of the leading figures in their fields and they touch on the most recent turnings in Quine's work. The book also features an essay by Quine himself, and his replies to each of the papers (presented at a conference in the Czech Republic in 1995). Questions are raised concerning Quine's views on knowledge: observation, holism, truth, naturalized epistemology; about language: meaning, the indeterminacy of translation, conjecture; and about the philosophy of logic: ontology, singular terms, vagueness, identity, and intensional contexts. Given Quine's preeminent position, this book must be of interest to students of philosophy in general, Quine aficionados, and most particularly to those working in the areas of epistemology, ontology, philosophies of language, of logic, and of science.

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  • 2000. On Quine (Wadsworth Philosophers Series) by Lynn Hankinson Nelson & Jack Nelson Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2000. The Search for Mathematical Roots 1870-1940 (Logics, Set Theories, and the Foundations of Mathematics from Cantor through Russell to Godel) by I. Grattan- Guinness Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com includes 19 pages regarding the early work of Quine including 2 letters to Russell and 1 letter from Russell in 1935.

  • 2000. Quine. Naturalized Epistemology, Perceptual Knowledge and Ontology, Lieven Decock & Leon Horsten (editors), Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities Vol. 70, Amsterdam, Rodopi, 225 p. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com [contains contributions by Ton Derksen, Christopher Hookway, Mia Gosselin, Jaap van Brakel, Dirk Koppelberg, Eva Picardi, Sandra Laugier, Roger Vergauwen, Igor Douven, Lieven Decock, and Paul Gochet.]

  • 2001. General, Reviews, and Analytic / Synthetic: Philosophy of Quine, volume 1 by Dagfinn Føllesdal (Editor) Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com reprinted articles and reviews on Quine. Hardcover (January 2001) Garland Pub
      • Schuldenfrei, Richard, "Quine in Perspective." The Journal of Philosophy 69 (1972), 5-16
      • Magee,Brian, "The ideas of Quine: Dialogue with W.V. Quine." In Brian Magee, ed., Men of Ideas. London, British Broadcasting Corporation, 1978, pp. 169-179
      • Kenny, Anthony, "The View From Oxford." American Oxonian (1980), p. 84.
      • Gibson, Roger F., "The key to interpreting Quine," The Southern Journal of Philosophy 30 (1992), 17-30
      • Dreben, Burton, "In Mediis Rebus." Inquiry, 37(1994), 441-447
      • W.V. Quine, "Response to Dreben." Inquiry 37 (1994), 500-501
      • Davidson, Donald, "On Quine's philosophy." Theoria 60 (1994), 184-192
      • Davidson, Donald, "Exchange between Donald Davidson and W.V. Quine following Davidson's lecture." Theoria 60 (1994), 226-231
      • Bergström, Lars, and Dagfinn Føllesdal, "Interview with Willard Van Orman Quine in November 1993" Theoria 60(1994), 193-206
        Quine and Wittgenstein
      • Dreben, Burton, "Quine and Wittgenstein: The odd couple." In Robert L. Arrington and Hans-Johann Glock, eds., Wittgenstein and Quine, London and New York: Routledge, 1996, pp. 39-61
      • Gibson, Roger F., "Quine, Wittgenstein and Holism." In Arrington and Glock, eds., Wittgenstein and Quine, pp.80-96
      • "New Foundations for Mathematical Logic" (1937)
        • Bernays, Paul, Review of 'New Foundations for Mathematical Logic." Journal of Symbolic Logic 2 (1937), 86-87
      • "Notes on Existence and Necessity" (1943)
        • Church, Alonzo, Review of "Notes on Existence and Necessity." Journal of Symbolic Logic 8 (1943), 45-47
      • "Two Dogmas of Empiricism." (1951)
        • Kemeny, J.G., Review of Two Dogmas of Empiricism. Journal of Symbolic Logic 17 (1952), 281-283
      • From a Logical Point of View (1953)
        • Braithwaite, R.B., Review of Quine's From a Logical Point of View. Cambridge Review 75 (1954), 417-418
        • Strawson, Peter, "A logician's landscape." Philosophy 30 (1955), 229-237
        • Smart, J.C.C., Critical Notice on: From a Logical Point of View. In Australasian Journal of Philosophy 33 (1955), 45-56
      • The Ways of Paradox and Other Essays (1966, rev. & enlarged ed. 1976)
        • Quinton, Anthony, "The importance of Quine." (Review of The Ways of Paradox and Other Essays and Selected Logic Papers) The New York Review of Books 7(1967), pp. 12, 24-26
        • Smart, J.J.C., Critical Notices on: The Ways of Paradox and Other Essays and Selected Logic Papers. Australasian J Phil 65 (1967), 92-104
        • Strawson, Peter, "Paradoxes, posits and propositions." The Philosophical Review 76 (1967), 214-219
      • The Roots of Reference (1974)
        • Peacocke, C., "With Reference to the Roots." Inquiry 21 (1976), 105-120
      • Theories and Things (1981)
        • McGinn, Colin, Review of Theories and Things, The Journal of Philosophy 80 (1983), 239-246
      • The Time of My Life (1985)
        • Donald Davidson, Review of The Time of My Life. In The Journal of Symbolic Logic 53 (1988), 293-295
      • Quiddities (1987)
        • Putnam, Hilary, "The greatest logical positivist." London Review of Books 10, no. 8 (April 21, 1988), 11-13
      • Mates, Benson, "Analytic sentences." The Philosophical Review 60 (1951), 525-534
      • Grice, H.P., and Strawson, P.F., "In defense of a dogma." The Philosophical Review 65 (1956), 141-158
      • Frankfurt, H.G., "Meaning, truth and pragmatism." Philosophical Quarterly 10 (1960), 171-176
      • Putnam, Hilary, "The analytic and the synthetic" In Herbert Feigl and Grover Maxwell, eds., Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, III, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1962
      • Putnam, Hilary, "'Two dogmas' revisited." In Gilbert Ryle, ed., Contemporary Aspects of Philosophy. Stocksfield: Oriel Press, 1976, 202-213
      • Haack, Susan, "Analyticity and logical truth in The Roots of Reference." Theoria 43 (1977), 129-143
      • Creath, Richard, "The Initial Reception of Carnap's Doctrine of Analyticity." Nous 21 (1987), 477-500
      • Horwich, Paul, "Chomsky Versus Quine on the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction." Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92 (1992), 95-108
      • Isaacson, Daniel, "Carnap, Quine, and Logical Truth." In David Bell and Wilhelm Vossenkuhl, eds., Science and Subjectivity: The Vienna Circle and Twentieth Century Philosophy. Berlin: Akademie Verlag 1992, 100-130
      • Harman, Gilbert, "Analyticity Regained?"Nous 30 (1996), 392-400
      • Hintikka, Jaakko, "A Distinction Too Few or Too Many? A Vindication of the Analytic vs. Synthetic Distinction." Written for the Garland edition.
      • Prawitz, Dag, "Quine and Verificationism." Inquiry, 37(1994), 487-494

  • 2001. Naturalism and Ethics: Philosophy of Quine, volume 2 by Dagfinn Føllesdal (Editor) Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com reprinted articles and reviews on Quine. Hardcover (January 2001) Garland Pub
      • Duhem, holism
        • Vermazen, Bruce, "Consistency and underdetermination." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 28 (1968), 403-409
        • English, Jane, "Underdetermination: Craig and Ramsey." The Journal of Philosophy 70 (1973), 453-462
        • Bergström, Lars, "Underdetermination and Realism." Erkenntnis 21 (1984), 349-365
        • Bergström, Lars, "Quine, Underdetermination, and Skepticism." The Journal of Philosophy 90 (1993), 331-358
      • Stimulus meaning
        • Vuillemin, Jules, "Quine's Concept of Stimulus Meaning." Philosophic Exchange 2 (1975), 5-13
        • Davidson, Donald, "Quine's Externalism." Manuscript. Not yet published.
      • Perceptual similarity
        • Shoemaker, Sidney, "Phenomenal similarity." Critica 7 (1975), 3-37
      • Observation sentences
        • Harding, Sandra G., "Making sense of observation sentences." Ratio 17 (1975), 65-71
        • Lauener, Henri, "Neurath's Protocol Sentences and Schlick's 'Konstatierungen' versus Quine's Observation Sentences." Grazer Philosophische Studien 16/17 (1982), 129-148
      • Naturalized epistemology
        • Sagal, Paul T., "Epistemology De-Naturalized." Kantstudien 69 (1978), 97-109
        • Stroud, Barry, "The significance of naturalized epistemology." Midwest Studies in Philosophy 6 (1981), 455-471
        • Thompson, Manley, "Epistemic Priority, Analytic Truth and Naturalized Epistemology." American Philosophical Quarterly 18 (1981), 1-12
        • Ricketts, Thomas G., "Rationality, Translation, and Epistemology Naturalized." The Journal of Philosophy 79 (1982), 117-136
        • Sosa, Ernest, "Nature unmirrored, epistemology naturalized." Synthese 55 (1983), 49-72
        • Gibson, Roger F., "Quine and Davidson: Two Naturalized Epistemologists." Inquiry 37 (1994), 449-463
        • W.V. Quine, "Response to Gibson." Inquiry 37 (1994), 501-502
        • Hookway, Christopher, "Naturalized Epistemology and Epistemic Evaluation." Inquiry 37 (1994), 465-485
        • W.V. Quine, "Response to Hookway." Inquiry 37 (1994), 502-504
        • Fogelin, Robert J., "Quine's Limited Naturalism." The Journal of Philosophy 94 (1997), 543-563
        • Friedman, Michael, "Philosophical Naturalism." (Presidential Address) Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 71 (1997), 7-21
        • Koppelberg, Dirk, "Foundationalism and Coherentism Reconsidered." Erkenntnis 49 (1998), 255-283
    • ETHICS
      • Flanagan, Owen J., "Quinean ethics." Ethics 93 (1982), 56-74
      • Gibson, Roger F., "Flanagan on Quinean ethics." Ethics 98 (1988), 534-540
      • Flanagan, Owen, "Pragmatism, ethics, and correspondence truth: response to Gibson and Quine." Ethics 98 (1988), 541-549
      • Campbell, Jay, "Quine on Cognitive Meaning and Normative Ethics." The Southern Journal of Philosophy 34 (1996), 1-11

  • 2001. Indeterminacy of Translation: Philosophy of Quine, volume 3 by Dagfinn Føllesdal (Editor) Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com reprinted articles and reviews on Quine. Hardcover (January 2001) Garland Pub
    • Harman, Gilbert, "Quine on meaning and existence, I." Rev.Metaph 21 (1967), 124-151
    • Harman, Gilbert, "Quine on meaning and existence, II." Rev.Metaph 21 (1967), 343-367
    • Kirk, Robert, "Quine's Indeterminacy Thesis." Mind 78 (1969), 607-608
    • Humphries, Barbara M. "Indeterminacy of translation and theory." Journal of Philosophy 67 (1970), 167-178
    • Rorty, Richard, "Indeterminacy of translation and of truth." Synthese 23 (1972), 443-462
    • Morton, Adam "Denying the doctrine and changing the subject." Journal of Philosophy 70 (1973), 503-510
    • Dummett, Michael, "The significance of Quine's indeterminacy thesis." Synthese 27 (1974), 351-397
    • Quine, W.V., "Comment on Michael Dummett." Synthese 27 (1974), 399
    • Harman, Gilbert, "Comment on Michael Dummett." Synthese 27 (1974), 401-404
    • Parsons, Charles, "On translating logic." Synthese 27 (1974), 405-411
    • Dummett, Michael, "Reply to W.V. Quine." Synthese 27 (1974), 413-416
    • Friedman, Michael, "Physicalism and the indeterminacy of translation." Nous 9 (1975), 353-374
    • Gibson, Roger F., "Are there really two Quines?" Erkenntnis 15 (1980), 349-370
    • Hacking, Ian, "Was there ever a radical mistranslation?" Analysis 41 (1981), 171-175
    • Hylton, Peter, "Analyticity and the indeterminacy of translation." Synthese 52 (1982), 156-184
    • George, Alexander, "Whence and whither the debate between Quine and Chomsky?" Journal of Philosophy 83 (1986), 489-499
    • Chomsky, Noam, "Replies to George's and Brody's reviews of 'Knowledge of language'." Mind and Language 2 (1987), 178-197
    • Searle, John R., "Indeterminacy, empiricism, and the first person." The Journal of Philosophy 84 (1987), 123-146
    • Chihara, Charles S., "Quine's Indeterminacy." In Judith Jarvis Thomson, ed., On Being and Saying. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 41-55
    • Hylton, Peter, "Translation, Meaning, and Self-Knowledge." Proc. Arist. Soc. 91 (1991), 269-290
    • Massey, Gerald J., "The Indeterminacy of Translation: A Study in Philosophical Exegesis." Philosophical Topics, 20 (1992), 317-345
    • Putnam, Hilary, "Reply to Gerald Massey" Philosophical Topics 20 (1992), 399-402. including footnotes 82-84, Philosophical Topics 20 (1992), 408
    • Abel, Gunter, "Indeterminacy and Interpretation." Inquiry 37 (1994), 403-419
    • W.V. Quine, "Response to Abel." Inquiry 37 (1994), 495-496
      Principle of charity
    • Grandy, Richard, "Reference, meaning and belief." Journal of Philosophy 70 (1973), 439-452

  • 2001. Ontology: Philosophy of Quine, volume 4 by Dagfinn Føllesdal (Editor) Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com reprinted articles and reviews on Quine. Hardcover (January 2001) Garland Pub
    • Ontological commitment
      • Geach, Peter, "On what there is, part I." Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume 25 (1951), 125-136
      • Ayer, Alfred J., "On what there is, part II." Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume 25 (1951), 137-148
      • Black, Max, "Comments on the Preceding Paper of W.V. Quine." Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 80 (1951), 97-99. [On Quine, "Semantics and Abstract Objects."]
      • Church, Alonzo. "Symposium: Ontological Commitment." The Journal of Philosophy 55 (1958), 1008-1014
      • Scheffler, Israel, and Chomsky, Noam, "What is said to be." Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 19 (1958-59), 71-82
      • Grandy, Richard E., "On what there need not be." The Journal of Philosophy 66 (1969), 807-812
    • Indeterminacy of reference (Ontological relativity)
      • Stich, Stephen P., "Dissonant notes on the theory of reference." Noûs 4 (1970), 385-397
      • Field, Hartry, "Theory change and the indeterminacy of reference." The Journal of Philosophy 70 (1973), 462-481
      • Leeds, Stephen, "How to Think About Reference." The Journal of Philosophy 70 (1973), 485-503
      • Morscher, Edgar, "Ontology as a normative science." Journal of Philosophical Logic 3 (1974), 285-289
      • Aune, Bruce, "Quine on translation and reference." Philosophical Studies 27 (1975), 221-236
      • Massey, Gerald, "Indeterminacy, inscrutability and ontological relativity." American Philosophical Quarterly, Monograph Series 12 (1978)
      • Davidson, Donald, "The inscrutability of reference." Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 10 (1979), 7-20
      • Putnam, Hilary, "The Way the World is." In Hilary Putnam, Realism with a Human Face, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1990, pp. 261-267
    • Truth
      • Field, Hartry, "Quine and the correspondence theory." The Philosophical Review 83 (1974), 200-228
      • Davidson, Donald, "A Coherence Theory of Truth and Knowledge." In Dieter Henrich, ed., Kant oder Hegel, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1983, pp. 423-438
      • Bergström, Lars, "Quine's Truth." Inquiry 37 (1994), 421-435
      • W.V. Quine, "Response to Bergström." Inquiry 37 (1994), 496-49
      • Davidson, Donald, "What is Quine's View of Truth?" Inquiry 37(4), 437-440
      • W.V. Quine, "Response to Davidson." Inquiry 37 (1994), 498-500
    • Realism
      • Krüger, Lorenz, "Some remarks on realism and scientific revolutions." In Peter Bieri, Rolf-Peter Horstmann, and Lorenz Krüger, eds., Transcendental Arguments and Science, Dordrecht: Reidel, 1979, pp. 227-233
      • Hylton, Peter, "Rorty and Quine on scheme and content." Philosophical Topics 25 (1997), 67-86
    • Nominalism
      • Mohanty, J.N., "A Note on Modern Nominalism." The Philosophical Quarterly (India) 32 (1960), 237-244
    • Physicalism
      • Schuldenfrei, Richard, "Dualistic physicalism in Quine: A radical critique." Philosophical Forum (Boston) 10 (1978), Fall 78, 37-54
      • Dreben, Burton, "Putnam, Quine-and the Facts." Philosophical Topics 20 (1992), 293-315
      • Putnam, Hilary, "Reply to Burton Dreben." Philosophical Topics 20 (1992), 393-399
    • Propositions
      • Strawson, P.F., "Propositions, concept and logical truths." Philosophical Quarterly 7 (1957), 15-25
      • Thomson, James F., "Truth-bearers and the trouble about propositions." The Journal of Philosophy 66 (1969), 737-747
    • Properties and classes
      • Geach, Peter Thomas, "Quine on classes and properties." The Philosophical Review 62 (1953), 409-412
      • Smullyan, Arthur F., "A Note on an Argument of Quine." Mind 65 (1956), 255-258
      • Cartwright, Richard L., "Classes and attributes." Nous 1 (1967), 231-241
      • Jubien, Michael, "The Myth of Identity Conditions" Philosophical Perspectives 10 (Metaphysics Volume) (1996), 343-356
      • Moravcsik, Julius, "Universals, Particulars, and Individuation." Written for the Garland edition
    • Grammar
      • Goodman, Nelson, "Condensation versus simplification." Theoria 27 (1961), 47-48
      • Neale, Stephen, "Meaning, grammar, and indeterminacy." Dialectica 41 (1987), 301-319

  • 2001. Logic: Philosophy of Quine, volume 5 by Dagfinn Føllesdal (Editor) Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com reprinted articles and reviews on Quine. Hardcover (January 2001) Garland Pub
    • LOGIC
      • New Foundations, NF (1937)
        • Specker, Ernst P., "The axiom of choice in Quine's new foundations for mathematical logic." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 39 (1953), 972-975
        • Specker, Ernst P., " Duality." Dialectica 12 (1958), 451-465. Translated for the Garland edition by Thomas Forster
        • Scott, Dana, "Quine's individuals." In Nagel, Suppes, Tarski, eds., Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (Proceedings of the 1960 International Congress) Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1962, 111-115
        • Orey, S., "New Foundations and the axiom of counting." Duke Mathematical Journal 31 (1964), 655-660
        • Grishin, V.N., "Consistency of a fragment of Quine's NF system." Soviet Mathematics Doklady 10 (1969), 1387-1390
        • Grishin, V.N., "The equivalence of Quine's NF system to one of its fragments." Automatic Documentation and Mathematical Linguistic (1972), 15-19
        • Henson, C.W., "Type-raising operations on cardinal and ordinal numbers in Quine's 'New Foundations'". Journal of Symbolic Logic 38 (1973), 59-68
        • Boffa, Maurice, "Sets Equipollent to their Power Set in NF." Journal of Symbolic Logic 40 (1975), 149-50
        • Boffa, Maurice, "The Consistency Problem for NF." Journal of Symbolic Logic 42 (1977), 215-220
        • Pétry, A., "On Cardinal Numbers in Quine's NF." Set Theory and Hierarchy Theory (Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics 619) Berlin: Springer, 1977, 241-250
        • Crabbé, Marcel, "On the Consistency of an Impredicative Subsystem of Quine's NF." Journal of Symbolic Logic 47 (1982), 131-136
        • Forster, Thomas, "Term Models for Weak Set Theories with a Universal Set." Journal of Symbolic Logic 52 (1987), 374-387
        • Boffa, Maurice, "ZFJ and the Consistency Problem for NF." Jahrbuch der Kurt Gödel Gesellschaft (1988), p.102-106
        • Forster, Thomas, and Richard Kaye, "End-Extensions Preserving Power Set." Journal of Symbolic Logic 56 (1991), 323-328
        • Crabbé, Marcel, "On NFU." Notre-Dame Journal of Formal Logic (33) 1992, 112-119
        • McLarty, Colin, "Failure of Cartesian Closedness in NF."Journal of Symbolic Logic 57 (1992), 555-556
        • Pétry, A., "Stratified Languages." Journal of Symbolic Logic 57 (1992), 1366-1376
        • Körner, Friederike, "Cofinal Indiscernibles and their Application to New Foundations." Mathematical Logic Quarterly 40 (1994), 347-356
        • Crabbé, Marcel, "The Hauptsatz for Stratified Comprehension: a Semantic Proof." Mathematical Logic Quarterly 40 (1994), 481-489
        • Holmes, M.Randall, "The Equivalence of NF-style Set Theories with "Tangled" Type Theories; the Construction of Omega-Models of Predicative NF (and More)." Journal of Symbolic Logic 60 (1995), pp. 178-189
        • Dzierzgowski, Daniel, "Models of Intuitionistic TT and NF." Journal of Symbolic Logic 60 (1995), 640-653
        • Forster, Thomas, "Quine's NF, 60 Years On." American Mathematical Monthly 104 (1997), 838-845
      • Mathematical Logic, ML (1940)
        • Fitch, Frederic B., "Closure and Quine's 101." Journal of Symbolic Logic 6 (1941), 18-22
        • Berry, George D.W., "On Quine's axioms of quantification." Journal of Symbolic Logic 6 (1941), 23-27
        • Barkley, "The independence of Quine's axioms 200 and 201." Journal of Symbolic Logic 6 (1941), 96-97
        • Barkley, "The Burali-Forte paradox." Journal of Symbolic Logic 7 (1942), 1-17
        • Wang, Hao, "A note on Quine's principles of quantification." Journal of Symbolic Logic 12 (1947), 130-132
        • Henkin, Leon, "On the Primitive Symbols of Quine's Mathematical Logic." Revue Philosophique de Louvain 51 (1953), 591-593
        • Church, Alonzo, "Set Theory with a Universal Set." In Proceedings of Symposia in Pure Mathematics 25 (1974), 297-308
      • Other topics in logic
        • Leblanc, Hughes, "Commentary on W.V. Quine's "Free Logic, Description, and Virtual Classes" Dialogue (Canada) 36(1997), 109-112
      • Smullyan, A. F., "Modality and description." Journal of Symbolic Logic 13 (1948), 31-37
      • Myhill, John, "Problems arising in the formalization of intensional logic." Logique et Analyse 1 (1958), 74-83
      • Wilson, N.L., "Modality and identity: a defense." The Journal of Philosophy 62 (1965), 471-476
      • Sleigh jr, R.C., "A note on an argument of Quine's." Philosophical Studies 17 (1966), 91-93
      • Burge, Tyler, "Kaplan, Quine, and suspended belief." Philosophical Studies 31 (1977), 197-203
      • Church, Alonzo, "A remark concerning Quine's paradox about modality." In Nathan Salmon and Scott Soames, eds., Propositions and Attitudes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988), pp. 58-65
      • Singular terms
        • Wilson, Neil L., "Property Designation and Description." The Philosophical Review 64 (1955), 389-404
        • Strawson, P.F., "Singular terms and predication." The Journal of Philosophy 58 (1961), 393-411
        • Loar, Brian, "Reference and Propositional Attitudes." The Philosophical Review 81 (1972), 43-62
        • Linsky, Leonard, "Quine on Quantifying in," in Leonard Linsky, Oblique Contexts, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1983, Chapter 6, pp. 98-117 (Earlier version: "Reference, essentialism, and modality," The Journal of Philosophy 66 (1969), 687-700.) Hornsby, Jennifer, "Singular terms in contexts of propositional attitude." Mind 86 (9177), 31-48
      • Identity
        • Evans, Gareth, "Identity and predication." Journal of Philosophy 72 (1975), 343-363
      • Parsons, Charles, "Ontology and mathematics." (Philosophical Review 80 (1971), 151-176.) Reprinted with Postscript in Charles Parsons, Mathematics in Philosophy, Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1983, pp. 37-62

  • 2001. Philosophy of Quine (ALL five Volumes of reprinted articles and reviews on Quine) by Dagfinn Føllesdal (Editor) Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com; view table of contents at wvq-toc.html

  • 2002. W. V. Quine (Philosophy Now) by Alex Orenstein Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com which says The most influential philosopher in the analytic tradition of his time, Willard Van Orman Quine (1908-2000) changed the way we think about language and its relation to the world. His rejection of the analytic/synthetic distinction, his scepticism about modal logic and essentialism, his celebrated...

  • 2002. Quine zur Einführung by Geert Keil, Hamburg (published by Junius-Verlag). In German. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.de

  • 2002. Logic, Convention, and Common Knowledge : A Conventionalist Account of Logic (Center for the Study of Language and Information - Lecture Notes) by Paul F. Syverson Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com. According to the author, "this book presents the thesis that logic is conventional, that logical consequence and logical truth are not simply given; they arise as conventions. This is a response to Quine's position that conventionalism for logic must be either trivial or vacuous..."

  • 2002. Trading Ontology for Ideology: The Interplay of Logic, Set Theory and Semantics in Quine's Philosophy (Synthese Library) by Lieven Decock (published by Springer). Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2003. Quine and Davidson on Language, Thought and Reality by Hans-Johann Glock, published by Cambridge University Press Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2003. Fifty Years of Quine's "Two Dogmas" by Hans-Johann Glock (Editor), Kathrin Gluer (Editor), Geert Keil (Editor), Grazer Philosophische Studien 66 Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

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  • 2004. The Cambridge Companion to Quine (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy), Roger Gibson (Editor), published by Cambridge University Press in paperback and hardcover editions (February, 2004). The eleven essays in this volume cover all the central topics of W.V. Quine's philosophy. Quine (1908-2000) was perhaps the most distinguished analytic philosopher of the later half of the twentieth century. His celebrated attack on the analytic/synthetic tradition heralded a major shift away from the views of language descended from logical positivism. His most important book, Word and Object, introduced the concept of indeterminacy of radical translation, a bleak view of the nature of the language with which we ascribe thoughts and beliefs to ourselves and others. Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2004. Feisty Fragments: For Philosophy by Vincent F. Hendricks [a collection of more than 550 quotations from people from all walks of life expressing their rather critical and often quite humorous takes on both philosophy and philosophers - from Nietzsche to Einstein, from Catherine the Great to John F. Kennedy. Includes 4 from Quine] Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2004. A Nice Derangement of Epistemes: Post-positivism in the Study of Science from Quine to Latour by John H. Zammito (University Of Chicago Press). Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2005. Logical Lyrics: From Philosophy to Politics by Vincent F. Hendricks [From Philosophy to Poetics is a collection of citations and aphorisms from all sorts of people - from Napoleon Bonaparte to Human League - expressing their embracing, critical and humorous views on logic and logical matters. Includes 3 from Quine] Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2006. Alien vs. Quine, The Vanishing Circuit And Other Tales from The Industry's Crypt by Vanessa Gratzer and David Naccache in S. Vaudenay (editor): EUROCRYPT 2006, LNCS 4004, pp. 48-58

  • 2006. Quine on Meaning: The Indeterminacy of Translation. by Eve Gaudet, Continuum International Publishing Group, London and New York check availability atAmazon.com which says: One of Quine's central doctrines is the 'indeterminacy of translation' - the assertion that there is no objective answer to the question of what someone means by any given sentence. This view was first put forward in Word and Object and was shocking enough to draw criticisms from other leading philosophers like Noam Chomsky and Richard Rorty. Eve Gaudet argues that these controversies stem partly from Quine's ambiguities and changes of mind, and partly from his readers' misunderstandings. Gaudet dissipates the confusion by examining afresh Quine's whole concept of 'a fact of the matter', and evaluating the contributions to the debate by Chomsky, Rorty, Friedman, Gibson and Føllesdal in the light of her new interpretation. This is the first book devoted to a defence of Quine's indeterminacy of translation doctrine. Unlike many who conclude in Quine's favour, Gaudet adopts a critical and nuanced approach to Quine's texts, showing that Quine sometimes changed his positions and was not always as clear and consistent as many assume.

  • 2006. Trading Ontology For Ideology. The Interplay Of Logic, Set Theory And Semantics In Quine's Philosophy by Lieven Decock published by Kluwer, Dordrecht Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com which says Willard Van Orman Quine (1908-2000) was probably the most influential American philosopher of the twentieth century. In Trading Ontology for Ideology Lieven Decock offers an insightful analysis of the development of Quine's ontological views from his first texts in the early thirties onwards. The importance of Quine's work in logic and set theory for his ontology is highlighted. Decock argues that the tenet of extensionalism is at least as important as naturalism, and assesses the relation between the two. The other focus of the work is the relation between ontology, i.e. what there is, and ideology, i.e. what can be expressed by means of words. Decock shows that the interplay between ontology and ideology is far more complicated and interesting than has generally been assumed.

  • 2006. Quine: A Guide For The Perplexed by Gary Kemp published by Continuum, New York [Quine: A Guide for the Perplexed book cover]Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com which says Willard Van Orman Quine is one of the most influential analytic philosophers of the latter half of the twentieth century. No serious student of modern analytic philosophy can afford to ignore Quine's work. Yet there is no doubt that it presents a considerable challenge. The book offers clear explication and analysis of Quine's writings and ideas in all those areas of philosophy to which he contributed (except technical matters in logic). Quine's work is set in its intellectual context, illuminating his connections to Russell, Carnap and logical positivism. Detailed attention is paid to Word and Object, Quine's seminal text, and to his important theories on the nature of truth, knowledge and reality. This text presents an account of Quine's philosophy as a unified whole, identifying and exploring the themes and approaches common to his seemingly disparate concerns, and showing this to be the key to understanding fully the work of this major modern thinker..

  • 2006. The Twentieth Century: Quine And After (Central Works of Philosophy, Vol. 5) by John Shand (editor) published by McGill-Queen's University Press Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2008. Quine and Davidson on Language, Thought and Reality by Hans-Johann Glock published by Cambridge University Press Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2008. Quine's Naturalism: Language, Theory and the Knowing Subject (Continuum Studies in American Philosophy) by Paul A. Gregory published by Continuum, New York Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2009. Epistemologia, Semantica e Ontologia by Sofia Ines Albornoz Stein published by Continuum, New York Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com One of Quine's main concerns is how we reach the truths of science starting from the impressions on the surface of our senses. This, of course, is a question made from an empiricist point of view and is part of the doctrinal side of epistemology. It is part of the inquiry about the truth of scientific theories, i.e., about the evidence that supports truth. Quine uses empirical psychology as a mean to achieve a broad view of the transition that occurs between the learning of observational sentences, through its stimulus meaning, and the composition of theoretical ones. Analyzing human behavior during linguistic learning, Quine gradually discerns the 'conditions of possibility' of it. The entire philosophical system of Quine, with his main theses of the inscrutability of reference, of the indeterminacy of translation and of under-determination of scientific theories, can be understood as an attempt to explain the inner operation of meaningful language, accepting, at the same time, the circularity inherent to the philosophical naturalized discourse. This book gives an overview of the life and works of Willard Van Orman Quine, starting from a description of his insertion in the empiricist movement, as follower and critic of his dogmas, and in the twentieth century's analytic philosophy, heiress of logicism. It emphasizes Quine's extensionalism, which prompts his partial regimentation of language, his criticism to modal logic and gives rise to the semantic and epistemological holism sustained by him.

  • 2010. Quine (Arguments of the Philosophers) by Peter Hylton published by Routledge Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2011. American Philosophical Quarterly Quine American Philosophical Quarterly and Quine: The July 2011 issue of American Philosophical Quarterly features articles on the life and work of American philosopher W.V. Quine. Among the contributors is former Quine student and co-founder of the Center for Cognitive Studies, Daniel Dennett. The contents list for APQ 48.3:
    • Charles Parsons: Quine’s Nominalism
    • Delia Graff Fara: Socratizing
    • Gerald J. Massey: Quine and Duhem on Holistic Hypothesis Testing
    • Catherine Z. Elgin: The Legacy of “Two Dogmas”
    • Dagfinn Føllesdal: Developments in Quine’s Behaviorism
    • Gilbert Harman: Quine’s Semantic Relativity
    • Thomas Ricketts: Roots of Ontological Relativity
    • Alexander George: Quine’s Legacy
    • Daniel Dennett: Quine in My Life

  • 2012. Quine and Conceptual Pragmatism by Robert Sinclair in Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society Vol. 48 No. 3 pp. 335-355

  • 2012. The Themes of Quine's Philosophy: Meaning, Reference, and Knowledge by Edward Becker published by Cambridge University Press Themes of Quine's PhilosophyBook details, price, and availability from Amazon.com

  • 2014. A Companion to W. V. O. Quine (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy) edited by Gilbert Harman and Ernie Lepore published by Routledge Book details, price, and availability from Amazon.com
  • 2014. 2014: Quine’s Philosophy (Anti-foundationalism through Indeterminacy and Other Essays) by Laxminarayan Lenka, Northern Book Center, New Delhi.
      Life and Work by Gilbert Harman and Ernie Lepore

      Part I: Method
    1. Quine and Epistemology by Thomas Kelly
    2. Quine and the A Priori by Lars Bergstrom
    3. Quine and Pragmatism by Peter Godfrey-Smith
    4. Quine's Relationship with Analytic Philosophy by Gary Kemp
    5. Quine on Paraphrase and Regimentation by Adam Sennet and Tyrus Fisher
    6. Quine's Naturalism by Alan Weir
    7. Quine's Naturalism Revisited by Peter Hylton

      Part II: Language A Companion to W. V. O. Quine
    8. Inscrutability Scrutinized by Alex Orenstein
    9. Quine on the Analytic/ Synthetic Distinction by Gillian Russell
    10. Quine, Analyticity, and Transcendence by Ernie Lepore
    11. Indeterminacy, Relativity, and Behaviorism by Gilbert Harman
    12. Indeterminacy of Translation by Peter Pagin
    13. Developments in Quine's Behaviorism by Dagfinn Føllesdal

      Part III: Logic, Mathematics, Science
    14. Quine's Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics by John P. Burgess
    15. Bolzano, Quine, and Logical Truth by Sandra Lapointe
    16. Quine on Observationality by Olav Gjelsvik
    17. Observation by Bredo C. Johnsen
    18. Quine on Evidence by Robert Sinclair
    19. Quine on Reference and Quantification by Michael Glanzberg

      Part IV: Relation to Other Philosophers
    20. Quine and Russell by Gary Ostertag
    21. The Place of Quine in Analytic Philosophy by Scott Soames
    22. Quine's Naturalistic Explication of Carnap's Logic of Science by Gary Ebbs
    23. Quine and Chomsky on the Ins and Outs of Language by Barry C. Smith
    24. Quine's Concept of Explication - and Why It Isn't Carnap's by Martin Gustafsson
    25. The Relation between Quine and Davidson by Hans-Johann Glock
    26. Quine and the Revival of Metaphysics by Gideon Rosen

  • 2014 Quine’s Philosophy (Anti-foundationalism through Indeterminacy and Other Essays) by Laxminarayan Lenka, Northern Book Center, New Delhi.

Courses, Conferences, and Seminars on W. V. Quine (reverse chronological order)

This new section started in July 2011 and is extremely incomplete. The webmaster [webmaster] would appreciate additions and updates..

  • 2011. 20th Century American Philosophy Quine and Davidson: A NEH Summer Seminar For College and University Teachers And Advanced Graduate Students
    Prof. Gilbert Harman and Prof. Ernie Lepore, coordinators, June 20 - July 29, 2011, Princeton University (sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities). Dr. Douglas Quine was a guest speaker on June 29 and June 30.

  • 2010. WV Quine Rome Conference logo "Word and Object" 50 years later: Colloquium in Celebration of W.V.O. Quine:
    • The young researchers' group APhEx (Analytical and Philosophical Explanation) has organized an international conference on W.V. Quine at the University of Rome "La Sapienza":
      "Word and Object" 50 years later: Colloquium in Celebration of W.V.O. Quine
      May 28-29, 2010
      Department of Philosophical and Epistemological Studies
      Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rome "La Sapienza"
      Via Carlo Fea, 2 - Villa Mirafiori, Rome, Italy
    • The purpose of the conference is to discuss and explore some of the major Quinean theses: his objections to the analytic/synthetic distinction, meaning scepticism, inscrutability of reference, indeterminacy of translation, his views on logic and philosophy of mathematics, his stance on metaphysics and ontological commitment.
    • Further details and contact information are available in the conference program details and the conference webpage. Hotel rooms in Rome are sparse and in high demand. Please make your reservations as early as possible: accomodation webpage

    • Friday, 28th of May
      • 8.30- 9.00 Registration
      • 9.00- 9.30 Welcome
      • 9.30-10.30 Plenary Session: STEPHEN L. WHITE (Tufts University) Indeterminacy of Translation: Fifty Years Later.
        Discussant: Francesca Ervas (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)
        Chair: Tito Magri (Università di Roma "La Sapienza")
      • 10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
      • 11.00-13.00 Chair: Vera Tripodi (University of Oslo)
        • 11.00-11.30 MANON SCHOTMAN (University of Amsterdam, NL) Radical Translation and Radical Interpretation: Radically Different
        • 11.30-12.00 FREDERIQUE JANSSEN-LAURET (Arche Research Centre, University of St Andrews) Name and Object: Quinean Descriptivism and Ontological Commitment
        • 12.00-12.30 ANDREA SERENI (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan) and JACOB BUSH (University of Aarhus, Denmark) Indispensability Arguments and their Quinean Heritage
        • 12.30-13.00 ROBERT M. FARLEY (University of Illinois at Chicago, US) Quine's Indispensability Argument
      • 13.00-15.00 Lunch
      • 15.00-16.00 Plenary Session: CESARE COZZO (Università di Roma "La Sapienza") Quine's argument for meaning holism
        Discussant: Daniele Santoro (LUISS, Rome)
        Chair: Roberto Cordeschi (Università di Roma "La Sapienza")
      • 16.00-16.30 Coffee Break
      • 16.30-18.30 Chair: Mario De Caro (Università Roma Tre)
        • 16.30-17.00 ANNA CIAUNICA (University of Burgundy, France) Back to Gaps! - Naturalizing the Psychophysical Link
        • 17.00-17.30 GIANCARLO ZANET (University of Palermo, Italy) Quine and the contemporary debate on mindreading
        • 17.30-18.00 FRANCESCA BOCCUNI (University of Padua, Italy) Sheep without SOL: The Case of Second-Order Logic
        • 18.00-18.30 GAETANO ALBERGO (University of Catania, Italy) Metaphysical foundation of logical constants
      • 16:30- Dinner

    • Saturday, 29th of May
      • 9.30-10.30 Plenary Session: ALBERTO VOLTOLINI (Università di Torino) All the existences that there are
        Discussant: Andrea Borghini (Holy Cross, Massachusetts)
        Chair: Roberto Pujia (Università Roma Tre)
      • 10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
      • 11.00-13.00 Chair: Stefano Vaselli (Università di Roma "La Sapienza")
        • 11.00-11.30 JUAN JOSÈ LARA PEÑARANDA (University of Murcia, Spain) Inscrutability of reference, ontological relativism and ontological underdetermination
        • 11.30-12.00 ANTTI KESKINEN (University of Tampere, Finland) Quine's Critique of Modal Logic and His Conception of Objects
        • 12.00-12.30 GABRIEL TÂRZIU (University of Bucharest, Romania) Quine's way to realism about mathematics
        • 12.30-13.00 MARIANNA ANTONUTTI (University of Bristol, UK) Naturalising Mathematics: A Critical Look at the Quine-Maddy Debate

  • 2010. Invited Symposium: "Word and Object at 50"
    American Philosophical Association 2010 Pacific Division Meeting (84th Annual Meeting)
    March 31 - April 4, 2010, Westin St Francis Hotel, San Francisco, U.S.A.
    • April 1, 2010 from 9:00 - Noon: Session III-E
      • Chair: Janet Levin (University of Southern California)
      • Speakers:
        • Gary Ebbs (Indiana University-Bloomington)
        • Michael Friedman (Stanford University)
        • San Marino postmark James Higginbotham (University of Southern California)
        • Thomas Ricketts (University of Pittsburgh)

  • 1995. Questions for Quine conference in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (August 1995) which resulted in the publication of 1999. Knowledge, Language and Logic: Questions For Quine (Boston Studies In The Philosophy Of Science) Alex Orenstein, Petr Kotatko (editors)

  • 1990. Willard Van Orman Quine's Contribution to Philosophy conference at University Delgi Studi Di San Marino, San Marino (May 1990)

Dissertations on W. V. Quine (reverse chronological order)

Basis of the list is courtesy of Professor Richard T. Hull, editor of the Presidential Addresses of the American Philosophical Association series (www.richard-t-hull.com); many subsequent additions have been received from dissertation writers and others.

  • Antti Keskinen, "Quine's Critique of Modal Logic and his Conception of Objects" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Tampere, Finland). Tampere University Press 2010 abstract and PDF file
  • Giancarlo Zanet, "Le Radici del Naturalismo in W.V. Quine", (Ph.D. dissertation, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy, 2005).
  • Ian J. Dove, "Certainty and Error in Mathematics: Deductivism and the Claims of mathematical Fallibilism," (Ph.D. dissertation, Rice University, 2004) (includes W. V. Quine, I. Lakatos, Bertrand Russell)
  • Cristian Cocos, "Tuning the Sensors: Towards a Theory of the Generic Epistemic Subject," (Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Western Ontario, 2003) (includes W.V. Quine, P. Geach, I. Kant, P. Maddy)
  • Karim Dharamsi, "Re-Situating Learning," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Toronto, 2003) (includes Plato, W. V. Quine)
  • Eve Gaudet, "The Asymmetry between Quine's Indeterminacy of Translation Thesis and Underdetermination of Theory ," (Ph.D. dissertation, Washington University, 2003)
  • Alexandra Lynn Stotts, "Giving Birth to Feminist Pragmatist Inquiry: A Deweyan Alternative to Quinean Empiricism," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oregon, 2003) (includes W. V. Quine, John Dewey)
  • Yoichi Kaniike, "Carnap's Conception of 'Wissenschaftslogik'," (Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 2002) (includes W. V. Quine, Rudolf Carnap)
  • Oystein Linnebo, "Science with Numbers: A Naturalistic Defense of Mathematical Platonism," (Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, 2002) (includes W. V. Quine)
  • Jay Newhard, "A Correspondence Theory of Truth," (Ph.D. dissertation, Brown University, 2002)
  • Roberta Ballarin, "Metaphysical Foundations of Modal Logic," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001) (includes W. V. Quine)
  • Catherine Hundleby, "Feminist Standpoint Theory as a Form of Naturalist Epistemology," (Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Western Ontario, 2001) (includes W. V. Quine, Dorothy Smith, Patricia Hill Collins)
  • Young-Eui Rhee, "A Solution of Duhem's Problem on the Basis of the Logic of a Crucial Experiment," (Ph.D. dissertation, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2001) (includes Pierre Duhem, W. V. Quine)
  • Amanda Coen, "Quine, Wittgenstein, and 'Our Knowledge of the World'," (Ph.D. dissertation, Dalhousie University, 2000)
  • Scott Edgar, "Quine on Meaning and Logic," (Ph.D. dissertation, Dalhousie University, 2000)
  • Melissa Fama, "Naturalism and Nonsense: Quine and Wittgenstein on Ethics," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Ottawa, 2000)
  • Tara-Lynne Sigouin, "W. V. Quine and Ludwig Wittgenstein: Two Approaches to Philosophy," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Ottawa, 2000)
  • Jennifer Leslie Torgerson, "The Future of Ontology after Ontological Relativity," (MA dissertation, The American University, 2000) http://jenniferleslietorgerson.net/
  • Lieven Decock, "Trading Ontology for Ideology. The Interplay of Logic, Set Theory and Semantics in Quine's Philosophy" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Leuven, Belgium, 1999)
  • Paul A. Gregory, "Language, Theory, and the Human Subject: Understanding Quine's Natural Epistemology," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999)
  • Marc Aubrey Kelly, "In the Philosophical Vein: Carnap's (and Quine's) Views on Ontology (includes Rudolph Carnap, W. V. Quine)," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan, 1999)
  • Chung-I Lin, "The First Person and Private Language: A critique of Quine and Davidson's Theorization Approach to Meaning ," (Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Iowa, 1999) (includes W. V. Quine, Donald Davidson)
  • Teresa Robertson, "Skepticism about De Re Modality: Three Papers on Essentialism," (Ph.D. dissertation, Princeton University, 1999) (includes W. V. Quine, Nathan U. Salmon, Graeme Forbes)
  • Stefanie Rocknak, "The Construction of Relations in Hume and Quine," (Ph.D. dissertation, Boston University, 1999)
  • Sara Waller, "A Defense of Semantic Conventionalism," (Ph.D. dissertation, Loyola University of Chicago, 1999) (includes W. V. Quine, Donald Davidson)
  • Timothy Arthur Kenyon, "Philosophical Applications of Semantic Anti-Realism (includes Michael Dummett, John Searle, Daniel Clement Dennett, W. V. Quine, Crispin Wright)," (Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Western Ontario, 1998)
  • Chienkuo Mi, Quine and Davidson on Meaning and Holism (includes W. V. Quine, Donald Davidson)," (Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Iowa, 1998)
  • Vasile Pirau, "Rationality and Cross-Cultural Understanding (includes Ludwig Wittgenstein, Peter Winch, Juergen Habermas, Martin Hollis, Donald Davidsion, W. V. Quine)," (Ph.D. dissertation, Michigan State University, 1998)
  • Christopher James Preston, "Epistemology and Environment: The Greening of Belief (includes W. V. Quine)," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oregon, 1998)
  • Matthew Joseph Reardon, "Seeing Our Way through Relativism: Towards an Empirically Robust Solution to Quine's Kuhnan Dilemma (includes W. V. Quine)," (Ph.D. dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 1998)
  • A. Grant Baird, "Quine and Chomsky on Language and Indeterminacy: Is There a Debate? (includes Noam Chomsky, William Van Orman Quine)," (Ph.D. dissertation, Carleton University, 1997)
  • Olafur Pall Jonsson, "Scepticism about Meaning: An Examination of Quine and Kripke's Wittgenstein (includes W. V. Quine, Saul Kripke, Ludwig Wittgenstein)," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Calgary, 1997)
  • Juan José Díez, "La ontogénesis de la referencia según Quine", (Ph.D. disseration, Universidad de Granada, Spain, 1996)
  • Tim Crowe, "An Examination of Three Strategies for Dealing with Normativity within Naturalized Epistemology," (Ph.D. dissertation, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1996)
  • Joan Frances Lugtig, "Philosophy, History, Language and Education: The Hermeneutic Epistemology Underlying Scientific Linguistics (includes Noam Chomsky, W. V. Quine, Ludwig Wittgenstein)," (Ph.D. dissertation, McGill University, 1996)
  • Thomas Michael Avery, "The Duhem-Popper-Quine Thesis," (Ph.D. dissertation, City University of New York, 1995)
  • Chalmers Colucci Clark, "Meaning, Skepticism, and Truth in the Immanent Naturalism of W. V. Quine," (Ph.D. dissertation, City University of New York, 1994)
  • Alberto Escalera, "Chomsky, Quine, and the Analytic-Synthetic Distinction (includes Noam Chomsky, W. V. Quine)," (Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Texas at El Paso, 1994)
  • Phillip Larrey, "Ontological Commitment in the Writings of W. V. Quine," (Ph.D. dissertation, Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, 1994)
  • Mikhail Dmitrievich Masokin, "Quine and Davidson on Observation Sentences (includes W. V. Quine, Donald Davidson)," (Ph.D. dissertation, Simon Fraser University, 1994)
  • Laxminarayan Lenka, "Against Foundationalism: Towards Quine's Naturalized Epistemology." (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, 1993)
  • Robert Peter Olson, "Scientism and Meaning Holism in the Works of W. V. O. Quine," (Ph.D. dissertation, Queen's University at Kingston, 1993)
  • John Michael Palmer, "Against Mystery: Naturalism and Behaviorism in the Philosophy of W. V. Quine," (Ph.D. dissertation, Washington University, 1993)
  • Randall Eugene Auxier, "Signs and Symbols: An Analogical Theory of Metaphysical Language," (Ph.D. dissertation, Emory University, 1992)
  • Nirmalya Chakraborty, "An Inquiry Into Meaning (in the Light of W. V. Quine and D. Davidson)," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Waterloo, 1992)
  • Jose Migual Esteban Cloquell, "Empiricism without Dogmas and Internal Realism. A Comparative Study of Theoretical Evolution of W. V. Quine and H. Putnam," (Ph.D. dissertation, Universitatde Valencia, 1990)
  • Brent Hudak, "Vulnerability and Warrant: An Examination of Quine's Maxim of Minimum Mutilation," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Calgary, 1990)
  • Valeriano Iranzo Garcia, "The Naturalization of Epistemology in the Works of W. V. Quine," (Ph.D. dissertation, Universitat de Valencia, 1990)
  • Stephen John Anthony Ward, "Quine and Fodor on the Problem of Intentional Idioms," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Waterloo, 1988)
  • Lynn Hankinson Nelson, "Some Remarks On The Issues Feminist Critiques Of Science Raise For Empiricism" (Ph.D. dissertation, Temple University, 1987)
  • Miriam Solomon, "Quine's Point of View" (Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, 1986, under the supervision of Burton Dreben, Warren Goldfarb and Hilary Putnam)
  • Evelyn Carol Sweet-Hurd, "The Roles of Language in Selected Novels of Thomas Berger (Philosophy of Language), Semiotics, Wittgenstein, Quine, Postmodernism," (Ph.D. dissertation, Baylor University, 1985)
  • Donald Jay Rothberg, "Meta-Critique of Rationality: Studies in Nietzsche, Quine, and Habermas (includes W. V. Quine, Friedrich Nietzsche, Juergen Habermas)," (Boston University, 1983)
  • Paul Andrew Roth, "Natural Language, Natural Science, and the Nature of Philosophic Inquiry: An Examination of Quine's Epistemology" (Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Chicago, 1978 under Manley Thompson)
  • Bradley R. Munro, "The Philosophical Significance of Quine's D-thesis," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1975) - available on microfiche from the National Library of Canada.
  • Jacqueline M. Thomason, "Observation, Indeterminacy, and Ontological Relativity: An Examination of the Philosophy of W. V. Quine," (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Massachusetts, 1973)
  • Sandra Harding Morick, "On Quine and the Foundations of Knowledge" (Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, 1973)
  • Herbert Irving Hochberg, "An Examination of the Philosophy of W. V. Quine," (Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Iowa, 1954).

W. V. Quine Fara lectures brochure

Videotape Interviews of W. V. Quine

  • 1977. Brian McGee (British Broadcasting Corporation) television interview of Quine.
  • 1994. In Conversation: W. V. Quine (CPNSS: Philosophy International - The Video Series - Philosophy Video Library) The late Willard Van Orman Quine was described as 'the greatest living English-speaking philosopher' and 'the most influential American philosopher of the postwar period'. In this series, Professor Quine takes part in an in-depth personal interview with Rudolf Fara from the London School of Economics, and a penetrating analysis of his life's work in six panel discussions. Quine's most important theses are explored and he defends his views against the major criticisms to bring is position right up-to-date. The resulting comprehensive, archival documentary will provide a wealth of original material for research students and faculty alike, as well as a fundamental resource for courses and seminars. The series contains seven VHS videos and a Series Guide which includes an outline of each program suitable for photocopying as handouts. The Quine specialist, Professor Roger Gibson, wrote a comprehensive review of this series which appeared in MIND 104 (1995), pp. 637-645.
    • view In this biographical sketch, Quine talks to Rudolf Fara about family influences and his introduction to philosophy; college years at Oberlin; graduate study at Harvard under Whitehead and his meeting with Russell; his exposure to the Vienna Circle and study with Carnap; study of logic in Warsaw. He offers advice to students and articulates his likes, dislikes and the question he would most like answered. 90 minutes
    • Dennett Panel Daniel Dennett is the guest panelist in this discussion which includes: Quine's scepticism about meaning; denial of strict boundaries between philosophy and science; his naturalistic approach to epistemology and to moral values; his doctrine of the inscrutability of reference. Quine also comments on some of the current trends and preoccupations in philosophy. 126 minutes
    • Goldfarb Panel Warren Goldfarb joins the panel to consider Quine's involvement with the Vienna Circle. Differences with Carnap, the declaration by the logical empiricists of the meaninglessness of metaphysics and the demarcation of science from pseudo-science, are discussed to set the stage for the development of Quine's naturalism and empiricism. After a several questions about the famous "two dogmas", the panel next focuses on Quine's pragmatism, extensionalism and his theory of ontological relativity. 100 minutes
    • Fogelin Panel Robert Fogelin from Dartmouth College guests in this discussion on Quine's epistemology: holism, naturalized epistemology, scepticism and the underdetermination of theory by data. Some questions considered are: Are there epistemological norms? Is it a task of epistemology to identify them? 98 minutes
    • Boolos Panel George Boolos leads the panel to consider some of the major Quineian theses: his objections to the analytic/synthetic distinction, meaning scepticism, inscrutability of reference, indeterminacy of translation, holism and his differences with Chomsky. 119 minutes
    • Dreben Panel Burton Dreben is guest panelist, and George Boolos replaces Paul Horwich, to discuss Quine's views on logic and philosophy of mathematics, including his analysis of the historical development of logic. Quine's stance on metaphysics, ontological commitment and his critique of modal logic is also scrutinized. 90 minutes
    • Block Panel Ned Block joins the panel to discuss Quine's views on questions in philosophy of mind, including his position on qualia, introspection and the inverted spectrum hypothesis. Consideration is given to Quine's physicalism, and his attitudes to cognitive science, functionalism, behaviorism, psychology and neuroscience. 111 minutes

Songs About Quine

W. V. Quine informal

Audio Recordings of Quine

  • 1974. W. V. Quine's Remarks in RealAudio at B. F. Skinner's Harvard University Retirement Party, October 17, 1974. [WVQ starts 11:50 minutes into the recording] ; wonderful description of parallels between Skinner and Quine's lives with connection to Alice in Wonderland. In January 2001, I was asked for a transcript of W. V. Quine's comments upon the retirement of B. F. Skinner at Harvard University. In July 2003, I found the eleven original note cards which are transcribed (abbreviations expanded into full words as spoken) below. The numbers in () indicate the start of each new card. Alessio Bazzanella - a philosophy graduate student in Italy told me about the audio version which is referenced above. - Douglas B. Quine

    W. V. Quine transcript from Skinner Retirement Party - copyright (c) 1974 by W. V. Quine
    [Metal Notecard (3" x 5") Left Drawer (# 28)]

    (1) Fred and I are the Edgar Pierce twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. He is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology and I am the Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy. I have it on Lewis Carroll's authority that Tweedledee was the logician. I quote: "Contrariwise", continued Tweedledee, "if it was so it might be, and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

    That makes Fred Tweedledum. However, the comparison holds only up to a point. We (2) never agreed to have a battle. Contrariwise.

    As a matter of fact, this Edgar Pierce two-seater of ours is only a late connection. Our joint incumbency of it dates back less than 20 years. In our youth we were paired under other auspices: the Harvard Society of Fellows. The Society began operations 41 years ago, in 1933. Fred and I were there, as original junior fellows. The Harvard Gazette came out last week with a contrary story, but we must not believe (3) everything we read in the papers.

    That joint incumbency of 1933 was less exclusive than our Edgar Pierce sofa. We original junior fellows were not 2, but 6. There were Fred and I and there was Garrett Birkhoff to name the 3 who are now professors at Harvard. But even in that class of 6 Fred and I were a very special subclass of 2: we were the only ones who already had Ph.D.'s. The Society of Fellows was founded partly in order to counteract an over-emphasis (4) of the Ph.D.; so Fred and I were living testimonials to the forebearance [sic] of the founding fathers.

    It was then and there that Fred and I met, but we had already been preconditioned to see eye to eye on most of what mattered. Back in the 20's I had imbibed behaviorism at Oberlin from Raymond Stetson, who had wisely required us to study John B. Watson's Psychology from the Standpoint of a Behaviorist. In Czechoslovakia (5) a few years later I had been confirmed in my behaviorism by Rudolf Carnap's physicalism, his Psychlogic in physikalischer Sprache. So Fred and I met on common ground in our scorn of mental entities Mind shmind; on that proposition we were agreed. The things of the mind were strictly for the birds. To say nothing of freedom and dignity.

    By coincidence we had also another substantial preconditioning in common; a (6) predilection for language. I was already an etymology buff of some years' standing, but it was Fred who brought me abreast of the enlightened new linguistics; Otto Jespersen and Leonard Bloomfield. It seems to me that we were sitting on a grassy upper slope of Belmont Hill, which in those days was rural New England, and Fred told me about Jespersen's new scientific approach to English grammar.

    Fred was keen on linguistics old and (7) new, for it was in those days also that he put me on to John Horne Tooke. He gave me the earliest American edition of Epea Pteroenta or the Diversions of Purley, a 2-vol. essay in philosophical grammar dating from 1775.

    So you see that Fred's book on verbal behavior was no latter-day afterthought by way of applying behavioral psychology. It was brewing in the early days. In fact, language and literature came first; for I (8) seem to have known that Fred was an English major at Hamilton College. And I think of 2 minor publications of his, back in the salad days of the Society of Fellows, in which he applied his behavioral psychology not just to verbal behavior in the raw but to belles lettres themselves. One of these was a behavioral analysis of some sonnets of Shakspere [sic], and the other was an aetiology of the verbal misbehavior of Gertrude Stein. (9) All in all he was not one to make short shrift of his finer sensibilities. He even got himself a clavichord.

    But already in those days Fred was a scientist at heart. He was already building ingenious individual automat cafeterias for his albino rats. I remember the delight he took in a gadgety new overcoat that had all sorts of unexpected new tabs and pockets and reversibilia insuspecta. He was not only a scientist, he was an engineer (10)

    They were good years, 1933-6, when the Society of Fellows was new and the world was young. In 1934 Harry Levin moved in to brighten the Society further, and Benedict Einarson, and Geo. Homans. Eve Blue came too, embellishing the scene; Soon she was Eve Skinner. And then in 1936 Fred and Eve fared forth again from our midst, to wander 11 years in the wilderness. By 1947 they were back; Fred was William James Lecturer, and Verbal Behavior was verbally in hand. The happy ending was at hand, and we (11) have all lived happily ever after.

    Let us drink to many more years of the same.

Printed Interviews of W. V. Quine

  • 1978.* Willard Van Orman Quine on Philosophy Minus The Mind in The Listener, pp. 367-369, Brian Magee (editor)
  • 1985. The Interview: Willard Van Orman Quine in The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, July 14, 1985, p. 2, D. C. Denison
  • 1985?. Une journee avec Quine. Willard V. Quine: Les points principaux de ma position philosophique. Discussion in ?, pp. 9-35, with Jean-Luc Petit, Jan Sebestik, Joelle Proust, Antonia Soulez, Jaccques Bouveresse, Denis Vernant, Michel Paty
  • 1987. In Quest of Quine. in Harvard Magazine (Cambridge) (1987), Nov-Dec: 47-51. William Shebar interviews Quine.
  • 1988. Quine Speaks His Mind. in Cogito (Bristol) (1988), 2(2): 1-5. Edo Pivcevic interviews Quine.
  • 1988. La verita scientifica e nella predizione. in l'Unita (1988), June 19: 14. Daniele Pugliese interviews Quine.
  • 1988. Quine on Words' Worth. in Boston Seniority (Boston) (1988), September: 1-5. Carol Eilenberg interviews Quine.
  • 1990. Alla ricerca del sistema ideal in El Dinmenge (Barcelona) (1990), November 25: 12-13
  • 1990. Temo un'altra notte della ragione in Couriere della Sera (1990), May 5: 3 Gianni Riotta interviews Quine
  • 1990. Io, navigatore della logica in La Republica Mercurio (1990), May 19: 20 Giovanna Borradori interviews Quine
  • 1991. Me gustaria una ciencia mas unificada in La Vanguardia (Culture and Arts section) (Valencia) (1991), January 8: 2-3. David Pineda Oliva and Joan Pages Martinez interview W. V. Quine in Spanish
  • 1992. Cuadomes de Filosofia y Ciencia (Valencia) (1992) 117-128. J. Miguel Esteban interviews W. V. Quine
  • 1993.* Philosophy. (interview on books, art, journalism) pp. 19 - 27 in Veery (the first journazine) Steven Vita interviews W. V. Quine
  • 1993.* Die moderne Philosophie - eine stille Revolution. in der kleine Bund (Berne) (1993) December 31: 1-2. Alex Burri interviews W. V. Quine
  • 1994. Une journee avec Quine. Les points principaux de ma position philosophique. Discussion [?? in :] A. Soulez, F. Schitz, M. Sebestik, Grammaire, sujet et Signification, Cahiers de philosophie ancienne et du langage de l'Université de Paris XII-Val-de-Marne. Série Philosophie du langage n°1. L'Harmattan, Paris, p.9-35.
  • 1994.* Twentieth-Century Logic pp. 27 - 39 in The American Philosopher: Conversations with Quine, Davidson, Putnam, Nozick, Danto, Rorty, Cavell, MacIntyre, and Kuhn, Giovanna Borradori, University of Chicago Press, Chicago
  • 1994.* W. V. Quine: Perspectives on Logic, Science and Philosophy (1994 interview by Bradley Edmister and Michael O'Shea) in The Harvard Review of Philosophy Spring 1994: Volume IV, Number 1, pp. 47 - 57 [reprinted in 2002. Philosophers in Conversation: Interviews from the Harvard Review of Philosophy, S. Phineas Upham (Editor)]
  • 1994. Un entretien avec Williard Van Orman Quine: La bonne philosophie est cella qui explore les traits fondamentaux du reel. (Interview and translation by Christian Delacampagne) full newspaper page with portrait dated July 5, 1994 in La Monde page 2
  • 1994.+ Interview of Quine by L. Bergstrom and D. Føllesdal in Theoria (1994), 60: 193 - 206
  • 1994. Interview Between W. V. Quine And Yasuhiko Tomida (local copy quine-tomida.html) English Text and Photograph from May and June of 1992. The Japanese translation was published in Shiso (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten), No. 825 (1993): 4-30, and later it was included in Yasuhiko Tomida (1994). Quine and the Contemporary American Philosophy (Kyoto: Sekaishisosha, 1994), pp. 4-51 and in Yasuhiko Tomida (2007), Quine, Rorty, Locke: Essays and Discussions on Naturalism (Hildesheim, Zurich and New York: Georg Olms, 2007), pp. 127-164.
  • 1996.* Willard Van Orman Quine - niin & nain haastattelussa. in niin & nain filosofinen aikakauslehti (1), pp. 6-13, Sami Pihlstrom interviews Quine (article in Finnish?)
  • 1998.* Es gibt immer einen weiteren Schritt. in Einladung zum Denken: Ein kleiner Streifzug durch die Analytische Philosophie, Dagmar Borchers, Olaf Brill, Uwe Czaniera (editors), Wien: Verlag Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky, pp. 30 - 45
  • 1998.* The Ideas of Quine. in Men of Ideas, pp. 168-179, Brian Magee (editor), London (reprint of 1978)

Quotes About W. V. Quine

  • http://www.rbjones.com/rbjpub/philos/history/wqq001.htm and Quotations from the Writings of Willard Van Orman Quine: On the Analytic/Synthetic dichotomy: It is obvious that truth in general depends on both language and extra-linguistic fact. The statement 'Brutus killed Caesar' would be false if the world had been different in certain ways, but it would also be false if the word 'killed' happened rather to have the sense of 'begat'. Thus one is tempted to suppose in general that the truth of a statement is somehow analyzable into a linguistic component and a factual component.....
  • Analytic philosophy home page with a listing of the top 100 analytic philosophy classic books (including 4 of W. V. Quine) ... by Rodrigo Vanegas who says he once heard Burt Dreben say, Quine is analytic philosophy.
  • (from a closed web page at dilab.com): Two Dogmas of Empiricism by Willard Van Orman Quine Originally published in The Philosophical Review 60 (1951): 20-43. Reprinted in W.V.O. Quine, From a Logical Point of View (Harvard University Press, 1953; second, revised, edition 1961), with the following alterations: "The version printed here diverges from the original in footnotes and in other minor respects: §§1 and 6 have been abridged where they encroach on the preceding essay, and §§3-4 have been expanded at points.....
  • http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Quine.html alternate 1 alternate 2 Willard Van Quine studied at Oberlin College and Harvard University before studying at Prague under Rudolf Carnap. He received an M.A. from Oxford and a Ph.D. from Harvard (1932) in philosophy. He completed his doctorate in two years, his Ph.D. thesis being sponsored by Alfred North Whitehead. Quine wrote:- In 1932 - I already had my Ph.D. and was married to my first wife - I had a traveling fellowship. That was a great year. We used up our resources very accurately - I had $7 when we got back to America. Then I came back to Harvard as a Junior Fellow in 1933....
  • http://jubal.westnet.com/hyperdiscordia/universal_library.html Universal Library by Willard Van Orman Quine There is a melancholy fantasy, propounded a century and more ago by the psychologist Theodor Fechner and taken up by Kurt Lassiwitz, Theodor Wolff, Jorge Luis Borges, George Gamow, and Willy Ley, of a complete library. The library is strictly complete, boasting as it does all possible books within certain rather reasonable limits. It admits no books in alien alphabets, nor any beyond the reasonable length say of the one you are now reading, but within those restrictions it boasts all possible books. There are books in all languages, transliterated where necessary. There are coherent books and incoherent...
  • http://www.jcu.edu/philosophy/gensler/ap/quine-00.htm Willard Van Orman Quine is sometimes claimed to be the most influential living American philosopher. In many ways, Quine carries on the approach of Bertrand Russell, with its stress on formal logic and ontology. These summaries and problems deal with Quine's 1948 article, "On What There Is," first published in the Review of Metaphysics. The article is included in Quine's book, From a Logical Point of View (Harper & Row, New York: 1953). These exercise materials are copyrighted (c) 1998 by Harry J. Gensler but may be distributed freely....
  • http://www.tk421.net/essays/simple.shtml The extension of the principle of parsimony from scientific to philosophical discourse is shown in the difference between epistemological and ontological parsimony. Because both disciplines deal with the search for truth, the philosophical use of ontological parsimony has the same justification as the scientific use of epistemological parsimony. As stated by Willard Van Orman Quine in his article "On What There Is": "our acceptance of an ontology is, I think, similar to our acceptance of a scientific theory, say a system of physics: we adopt, at least insofar as we are reasonable, the simplest conceptual scheme into which the disordered fragments of raw experience can be fitted and arranged." ...
  • from Quine on Matters Ontological by Roger Gibson: I. Introduction: Willard Quine has been writing about ontology for almost as long as he has been writing philosophy -- approximately 65 years. For the most part he has focused his attention on the epistemology of ontology, and as a consequence of those epistemological ruminations he has taken a substantive stand on what there is. On the epistemological side Quine famously maintains that (a) everything to which we concede existence is a posit , (b) to be is to be the value of a variable, (c) no entity without identity, and (d) reference is indeterminate (or inscrutable), i.e., the doctrine of ontological relativity. On the substantive side Quine is (tentatively) committed to a bifurcated, but thoroughly extensional, ontology of (concrete) physical objects and (abstract) classes.
  • (from OhioState.edu Philosophy Department): Willard Van Orman Quine is the most famous, most widely cited, living philosopher. His career began in the early 1930s, when he visited Carnap in Prague. Under the early intellectual influence of the ideas of the Vienna Circle, Quine blended them with the American pragmatist's doctrines to create a unique brand of pragmatic holism. In particular, in his celebrated essay `Two Dogmas of Empiricism' he made a devastating attack on the analytic/ synthetic distinction, which forced those in the analytical tradition to re-assess the fundamental concepts and purpose of epistemology and the theory of meaning.....
  • (from Shalizi at University of Wisconsin) Willard Van Orman Quine: American logician and philosopher; perhaps the most eminent analytical philosopher now living; a student of Whitehead, and largely in the spirit of the Logical Positivists, with a good dose of pragmatism mixed in; teacher of Daniel Dennett (whom I hope to see become the most eminent analytical philosopher living). Quine's logical armamentarium is unrivaled, and he deploys it on behalf ...

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