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Quine A Guide for the Perplexed by Gary Kemp

Quine A Guide for the Perplexed

Part of the Guides for the Perplexed Series


Quine A Guide for the Perplexed by Gary Kemp

Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to fathom, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material. Willard Van Orman Quine is one of the most influential analytic philosophers of the latter half of the twentieth century. His contribution to the study of logic, metaphysics, the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of mind and language can hardly be underestimated. 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. Quine: A Guide for the Perplexed is the ideal book for anyone who needs to meet that challenge. The book offers clear explication and analysis of Quine's writings and ideas in all those areas of philosophy to which he contributed. 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. Above all, this text presents 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.


Mention in The Times Higher Education Supplement, May 25 2007--Sanford Lakoff Times Higher Education Supplement

About the Author

Gary Kemp

Gary Kemp is the prime mover, songwriter and guitarist with Spandau Ballet. Among his most famous compositions are True, Gold and Through the Barricades. The band has sold over 30 million records, tapes and CDs worldwide. Gary has also enjoyed a succesful screen career – he starred in 'The Krays' alongside his brother Martin Kemp.

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Publication date

24th May 2006


Gary Kemp

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


192 pages


History of Western philosophy



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