Logical Form, Holism, and Translation


in Theory and Meaning

Published in print December 1979 | ISBN: 9780198245858
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680908 | DOI:
Logical Form, Holism, and Translation

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This chapter considers the objection that a holist account of meaning for scientific terms cannot accommodate the fact that we understand and decide on new sentences on the basis of our understanding of their constituent parts. The answer to this objection involves a lengthy discussion of ‘semantic accounts’ of logical form and related topics. The chapter concludes by criticizing Quine's thesis of the indeterminacy of translation and by distinguishing this thesis from the approach to translation that emerges from holism.

Keywords: holism; meaning; scientific terms; logical form; Quine; indeterminacy; translation

Chapter.  15193 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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