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Do Wittgenstein and Quine give the same criticisms of semantics?

Yes and no. They both criticize a certain approach to semantic theory that can be called realism about meaning. Roughly, realists see meanings as some kind of entities, although there is a wide range ...
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Does Quine's dissolution of the Analytic/Synthetic distinction challenge mathematical realism?

The short answer is that Quine is not a mathematical realist as intended in the question (on my reading of it). Why does he call himself a realist? Because he practices what he preaches. Indeterminacy ...
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How do Kripke's rigid designators and the necessity of identity relate to the Duhem-Quine thesis?

They are in opposition, as Quine and Kripke generally are on interpreting modal logic, and much of what is related to it. Rigid designators are defined as those picking out the same object in all ...
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Are there serious challenges to the 'principle of charity' as presented by Donald Davidson?

Let me briefly sketch the context. Davidson's principle of charity is part of his semantic project, a theory of meaning. It is meant to reconcile semantic compositionality, the idea that meanings of ...
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Quine on higher set theory

Quine did not specifically study "higher set theory", and his positions on the issue are mostly generalities following from his empirical holism (mathematics is the "entrenched" part of the "web of ...
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Quine - two dogmas of empiricism

He is not rejecting meaning; what he says is: My present suggestion is that it is nonsense, and the root of much nonsense, to speak of a linguistic component and a factual component in the truth of ...
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Are "to exist" and "to have being" the same?

There are two separate issues here. Some religious philosophers and theologians distinguish between being and existence because God, who is the source of all existence, and therefore precedes it ...
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If one agrees with Quine's dissolution of the Analytic/Synthetic distinction, what is left of Kant's epistemology?

Recall that to Kant since Aristotle "logic has not been able to advance a single step, and is thus to all appearance a closed and completed body of doctrine" (Critique of Pure ...
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What are the relations between externalism (Kripke, Putnam) and holism (Quine) about meaning?

Holism is an epistemological position, and externalism is a semantic one. Of course, some degree of interaction is to be expected, but not only is it possible to hold them together, it is not ...
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Quine on higher set theory

This is just part of Quine's naturalism, a sort of science-first approach to everything. That is mainly what underlies his suspicion of higher set theory. Here is Quine discussing the matter, from ...
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Is Quine's epistemology really just a linguistic reinterpretation of Kant's?

Kant's epistemology: There are facts out there, but we can never access them directly, we can only perceive them the way they are presented to us by our own minds. No, this specific piece has no ...
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What are good sources on vivid designators?

Vivid designator (originally "vivid name") is Kaplan's replacement for rigid designator in the logic of beliefs and other propositional attitudes introduced in Quantifying In. The point was ...
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Michael Dummett on the indeterminacy thesis

Assume that the scenario involving "two equally acceptable schemes of translation from a language L into a language M might carry a given sentence of L respectively into distinct sentences of M ...
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Quine - two dogmas of empiricism

Quine doesn't hold that statements don't mean anything (that indeed would be quite an extreme form of skepticism), but rather that the meaningfulness of statements should be considered not in ...
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How important are Quine and Feyerabend to the philosophy of science and the demarcation problem?

As written, your question seems to assume that someone is an important philosopher of science only if they're mentioned in one particular Stanford Encyclopedia article. Both Feyerabend and Quine have ...
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why Bertrand Russell's paradox had such a high impact and relevance?

For hundreds of years, mathematicians had played fast and loose with logic. They rarely wrote down axioms, or checked that what they were doing was logically sound beyond the gut check. This had been ...
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Quine "Ontological Relativity"

Frankly speaking, what I can imagine is this... With concatenation we can form an expression x⌢y that has never been used (and never will be), and thus it is a type with no tokens, i.e. the null set. ...
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Why can we not reduce necessity to analyticity?

The OP is very close to Quine's considered view of necessity, as e.g. in Pursuit of Truth: "In respect of utility there is less to be said for necessity than for the propositional attitudes. The ...
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Two dogmas of empiricism - logical vs analytic truths... is there really a distinction?

To paraphrase your question, Quine allows himself to distinguish between 'logical particles' and other words. The logical particles (or constants) allow us to recognise sentences like "no unmarried ...
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Quine on philosophy and science

What Quine is famous for, among other things is his advocacy that an thorough understanding of language means that there is no real demarcation between philosophy and science like the logical ...
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Is this a more unequivocal way to make an analytic v synthetic distinction?

Your proposed definitions would not address Quine's objections at all. For one thing, Quine is just as opposed to the concept of a priori knowledge as he is to analytic truth. For another, he rejects ...
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Michael Dummett on the indeterminacy thesis

Your response is a standard initial one to Quine’s thought experiment. We naturally assume that the translator is making some kind of imposition onto his observed subject language community, and that ...
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If one agrees with Quine's dissolution of the Analytic/Synthetic distinction, what is left of Kant's epistemology?

Singling out Quine, in the context of Kant's synthetic apriori, seems to me out of place. There was nothing special about Quine's attitude towards Kant's synthetic apriori. Quine's specialty was his ...
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Was indeterminacy of linguistic meaning, as understood by Quine, anticipated by the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition?

I see two separate issues here, the determinateness of meanings and Quine's behaviorist route to rejecting it. While the latter is indeed subject to much criticism it is not conjoined at the hip to ...
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Why does Quine expand the underdetermination thesis through his global holism?

That Quine greatly expanded Duhem's thesis (about which he learned only after writing the Two Dogmas) is generally acknowledged. Zammito gives a detailed comparison in The Nice Derangement of ...
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What is Quine's response to Parmenides's argument against change?

As a matter of fact, Quine completely adopted Russell's response to Parmenides's argument. This is explicit in Quine's "on what there is" (1948). Curiously, Quine related that argument to ...
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why Bertrand Russell's paradox had such a high impact and relevance?

This is important structurally. It may sound like a jovial riddle, but from a structural point of view it demonstrates the inevitability of contradictions and paradoxes in any logical system strong ...
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How has Analytic Philosophy Survivied Quine's Criticism?

You seem to be conflating all of analytic philosophy with philosophy that somehow depends upon the analytic/synthetic distinction, or somehow derives from a set of standards that depends upon that ...
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Does this reformulation of the the analytic / synthetic distinction overcome Quine's objections?

Actually, the claim 'Dogs generally bark' is synthetic, not analytic. How would one ever know that they generally bark without hearing them bark, and frequently (for the 'generally' part). In fact, ...
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