Quine's Quest for Ontology

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  • Autore: Philip Larrey
  • Collana: Saggi per il nostro tempo
  • ISBN: 9788846507624
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Anno: 2011
  • Pagine: 248 pp.

Quine’s Quest for Ontology attempts to focus on the relationship between Quine’s canonical notation and the external world. Many presuppositions, often hidden, of Quine’s philosophy of logic reveal a profound search for answers regarding ontology. Given Quine’s central importance for analytical philosophy during the 20th century and his influence on the philosophy of logic even today, it is crucial to examine these presuppositions and critically evaluate them. Although there is a difference between ‘what there is’ and ‘what we say there is’, confusion often arises when trying to distinguish the two. Key notions that can clarify this relationship are truth, the existential quantifier and ontological commitment. Through a close analysis of Quine’s most important texts, a somewhat controversial conclusion will emerge which can enrich the philosophical debate concerning these issues.

Philip Larrey Ph.D. teaches logic and the philosophy of knowledge at the Pontifical Lateran University. Originally from California (U.S.A.), he has remained in Rome where he has specialized in research concerning epistemology, the relationship between science and religion, and the philosophy of common sense. His latest publication, I filosofi analitici e la conoscenza (Rubbettino, 2011) deals with Wilfred Sellars’ famous notion of ‘the manifest image of the world’. Other works by the author include Il pensiero sulla logica (LUP, 2006), Thinking Logically (Davies Group, 2006), and Science and Religion: An Anthology (Aracne).

Prodotto inserito in catalogo venerdì 15 febbraio, 2013.

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