On Quine on Philosophical Analysis
Author: Buzaglo, Meir
Source: Metaphilosophy, Volume 33, Number 5, October 2002 , pp. 587-596(10)
Abstract:Philosophical analysis is for Quine the replacement of a defective expression by another, sound expression, which performs the same work. In general, then, an analysis consists of two stages: (a) identifying the work that a defective expression performs, and (b) imbedding it in a safe domain. In this essay I argue that Quine’s view does not truly reflect what we do in philosophy. The problem, I think, lies in both stages (a) and (b), but stems from Quine’s assumption that we can control the work performed by language.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Hebrew University, Jerusalem email@example.com
Publication date: October 1, 2002