W. V. Quine created a new way of looking at the eternal questions of philosophy and their interconnections. His investigations into semantics and epistemology, ontology and causality, natural kinds, time, space, and individuation transformed the philosophical landscape for generations to come. In the twenty years between his last collection of essays and his death in 2000, Quine continued his work, producing a number of impressive essays in which he deepened, elaborated, and occasionally modified his position on central philosophical issues. The last of these essays, which gives this collection its name, appeared in 2002.
This volume collects the main essays from this last, productive period of Quine's prodigious career. It also includes some notable earlier essays that were not included in the previous collections although they contain illuminating discussions and are quite often referred to by other philosophers and also by Quine himself in his later writings. These essays, along with several manuscripts published here for the first time, offer a more complete and highly defined picture than ever before of one of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers working at the height of his powers.
W. V. Quine was Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University. He wrote twenty-one books, thirteen of them published by Harvard University Press. Dagfinn Follesdal is C. I. Lewis Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University. Douglas B. Quine has collected his father's manuscripts and notes and organized the web site that gives access to this information: www.wvquine.org.
* Acknowledgments * Introduction I. Previously Unpublished Articles * Nominalism (1946) * On the Notion of an Analytic Statement (1946) * Lectures on David Hume's Philosophy (1946) * The Importance of Logic for Philosophy (1947) * Where is Logic Going? (1947) * Animadversions on the Notion of Meaning (1949) * The Entangled Philosophies of Mathematics (1950) * Meaning (1959) * The Way The World Is (1986) * Pressing Extensionality (1992) * Innate Foundational Endowments (1996) * The Growth of Mind and Language (1997) II. Previously Published Articles * Relations and Reason (1939) * On the Reasons for Indeterminacy of Translation (1970) * Methodological Reflections on Current Linguistic Theory (1970) * On Empirically Equivalent Systems of the World (1975) * Mind and Verbal Dispositions (1975) * The Nature of Natural Knowledge (1975) * Facts of the Matter (1977) * Cognitive Meaning (1979) * Grammar, Truth, and Logic (1980) * Ontology and Ideology Revisited (1983) * Relativism and Absolutism (1984) * States of Mind (1985) * The Sensory Support of Science (1986) * Panel on Reference (1986) * Indeterminacy of Translation Again (1987) * Mind, Brain, and Behavior (1989) * The Elusiveness of Reference (1990) * The Phoneme's Long Shadow (1990) * Three Indeterminacies (1990) * Preface to The Logic of Sequences (1990) * Two Dogmas in Retrospect (1991) * Structure and Nature (1992) * Commensurability and the Alien Mind (1992) * In Praise of Observation Sentences (1993) * Truth (1994) * Promoting Extensionality (1994) * Indeterminacy Without Tears (1994) * Assuming Objects (1994) * Naturalism; Or, Living within One's Means (1995) * Progress on Two Fronts (1996) * The Flowering of Thought in Language (1997) * I, You, and It: an Epistemological Triangle (1999) * Three Networks: Similarity, Implication, and Membership (2000) * Confessions of a Confirmed Extensionalist (2001) * Credits * Index