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date: 24 February 2020

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W. V. Quine's philosophy is the continuation of British empiricism by other means. At any rate, that is what motivates his most important and notorious theses, concerning ontological relativity, indeterminacy of translation, and analyticity. Before describing that, it is worth briefly comparing Quine's general outlook with that of those who shared it most: the pragmatists and the logical positivists. The first section of this article sketches Quine's overall epistemological project and the empiricism that drives it. The second section describes his pursuit of that project, and the third explains its consequences for language.

Keywords: W. V. Quine, British empiricism, epistemology, ontological relativity, logical positivists, language

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