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[SafeSurf Rated All Ages]Details of W. V. Quine posthumous essay reprint collections. Table of contents for Philosophy of Quine (Dagfinn Føllesdal, Editor). This five volume collection reprints reviews and articles about Willard Van Orman Quine, mathematician and philosopher. Belknap Press announcement of Quintessence - Basic Readings from the Philosophy of W. V. Quine, (Roger Gibson, Editor), 384 pp. (March, 2004). Thirty five of Quine's classic essays on analyticity and reductionism; the indeterminacy of translation of theoretical sentences and the inscrutability of reference; ontology; naturalized epistemology; philosophy of mind; and extensionalism. This page is maintained by Douglas Boynton Quine; please e-mail recommended additions, or corrections to the webmaster: [webmaster]

Philosophy of Quine (Dagfinn Føllesdal, Editor) - Table of Contents



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. 1p 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

W.V. Quine, "Response to Prawitz." Inquiry 37 (1994), 504-505



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


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


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


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


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


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


Mohanty, J.N., "A Note on Modern Nominalism." The Philosophical Quarterly (India) 32 (1960), 237-244


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


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


Goodman, Nelson, "Condensation versus simplification." Theoria 27 (1961), 47-48

Neale, Stephen, "Meaning, grammar, and indeterminacy."

Dialectica 41 (1987), 301-319



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


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

Quintessence by W. V. Quine (Roger Gibson, editor)

Quintessence - Basic Readings from the Philosophy of W. V. Quine (Roger Gibson, editor): thirty five of Quine's classic essays on analyticity and reductionism; the indeterminacy of translation of theoretical sentences and the inscrutability of reference; ontology; naturalized epistemology; philosophy of mind; and extensionalism. Published by Belknap Press, Harvard University, 384 pp. (March, 2004).

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