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Living with Naturalism

Gary Kemp

in Quine versus Davidson

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695621
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738524 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695621.003.0006
Living with Naturalism

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The final chapter examines and dissipates certain pressures that are often felt to afflict Quine or his views. These include the charge that any such view, being a view of anti‐realism about meaning, is self-refuting, as according to a well‐known argument by Paul Boghossian; and worries that the view cannot account for normativity or apparent analyticities. The book closes with a discussion of what might called the world-view of naturalism—the place of vagueness, of intuition, and of the role of regimented language.

Keywords: Quine; anti‐realism; Boghossian; swampman; analyticity; normativity; vagueness; intuition; regimentation

Chapter.  13524 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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