Record Number : 95285 of 13452

Title : Two dogmas of empiricism

Description :
This web page contains an online version of a famous essay by W.V.O. Quine criticising some of the assumptions underlying empiricism. Willard Van Orman Quine (1908-2000) was one of the foremost American mathematicians and philosophers of the twentieth century. The 'Two Dogmas of Empiricism' that he objects to here are the belief in a fundamental distinction between analytic and synthetic truths, and the reductionism that assumes 'that each meaningful statement is equivalent to some logical construct upon terms which refer to immediate experience'. This e-text provides both the original 1951 edition of the essay and the revised 1961 edition. Where the texts vary, they are placed side-by-side for easy comparison. The footnotes are linked by hypertext, a good way to ensure the clean readability of the body of the text.

URL : http://www.ditext.com/quine/quine.html

Controlled Keywords : philosophy;

Language : eng;

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