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Quine's Naturalism Language, Theory and the Knowing Subject

by Paul A. Gregory

Part of the Continuum Studies in American Philosophy Series

Quine's Naturalism Language, Theory and the Knowing Subject Synopsis

This is a new and highly original monograph examining Quine's naturalism, an issue central to the work of this hugely influential analytic philosopher.W. V. Quine was the most important naturalistic philosopher of the twentieth century and a major impetus for the recent resurgence of the view that empirical science is our best avenue to knowledge. His views, however, have not been well understood. Critics charge that Quine's naturalized epistemology is circular and that it cannot be normative. Yet, such criticisms stem from a cluster of fundamental traditional assumptions regarding language, theory, and the knowing subject - the very presuppositions that Quine is at pains to reject. Through investigation of Quine's views regarding language, knowledge, and reality, the author offers a new interpretation of Quine's naturalism. The naturalism/anti-naturalism debate can be advanced only by acknowledging and critiquing the substantial theoretical commitments implicit in the traditional view. Gregory argues that the responses to the circularity and non-normativity objections do just that. His analysis further reveals that Quine's departure from the tradition penetrates the conception of the knowing subject, and he thus offers a new and engaging defence of Quine's naturalism.

Quine's Naturalism Language, Theory and the Knowing Subject Press Reviews

Mention -Chronicle of Higher Education, February 27, 2009 'A useful book ... illuminating.' - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science Mention --Chronicle of Higher Education, February 27, 2009 'An important contribution to the ongoing debate over philosophical naturalism. Gregory carefully articulates and answers the main objections that have been raised against Quine ... The book brings out very clearly the power of Quine's attack on traditional epistemology, and also the connections between Quine's epistemological tradition and of the classical analytic philosophers in the background of Quine's work. This clearly and engagingly written work casts important new light on Quine's contributions to the theory of knowledge, and to the development of contemporary naturalism.' Matthew Moore, CUNY Mention Chronicle of Higher Education, February 27, 2009 the historical figure as he or she really was. In this I believe Gregory, with his firm command of a wide range of Quinean texts, and his close attention to implicit connections, has succeeded remarkably well. - Notre Dame Philosophical Review--Sanford Lakoff Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 'Paul Gregory has written a wonderfully clear and useful book on Quine's naturalistic epistemology. Gregory does a fine job of explaining central Quinean doctrines and their interrelationship, as well as providing an illuminating defense of these views against various objections.' Professor Hilary Kornblith, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826490995
Publication date: 10th July 2008
Author: Paul A. Gregory
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 176 pages

About Paul A. Gregory

Paul A. Gregory is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Washington and Lee University, Virginia, USA.

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