Quine, Naturalised Meaning and Empathy

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Title: Quine, Naturalised Meaning and Empathy
Authors: Baghramian, Maria
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9003
Date: Nov-2016
Abstract: Naturalism is the defining feature of the philosophy of Willard van Orman Quine. But there is little clarity in our understanding of naturalism and the role it plays in Quine's work. The current paper explores one strand of Quine's naturalist project, the strand that primarily deals with a naturalised account of language. I examine the role that Quine assigns to empathy as the starting point of the process of learning and translating a language and argue that empathy, when going beyond the automatic form of mirroring, has an irreducible normative character which does not sit well with Quinean naturalism. 
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: University of Sassari
Journal: Argumenta
Volume: 2
Issue: 10
Start page: 25
End page: 41
Copyright (published version): 2016 University of Sassari
Keywords: EmpathyNaturalismQuineRadical translation
Other versions: https://www.argumenta.org/article/quine-naturalised-meaning-empathy/
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Philosophy Research Collection

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